Seductive Feathers and Brutal Beasts (KATE MccGWIRE)

May 10, 2021

Guest artist KATE MccGWIRE

joins Elizabeth Fullerton to chat about her work via American wildlife scientist Delia Owens' 2018 novel 'Where the Crawdads Sing'. In an ode to the beauty and violence of nature, the story centres around wild "marsh girl" Kya Clark. Abandoned and isolated from childhood, young Kya relies on nature to teach her the basics of survival as well as deluding her that one day she will be rescued. Interaction with other humans provides a whole different set of support and threatening challenges. 


Identifying with Kya's barefoot 'n' wild soul, Kate MccGwire and Elizabeth Fullerton share stories of herons, crows, eagles, magpies, blackbirds, turkeys, pheasants, tropicbirds and the confounding snobbiness around pigeons and doves who are both part of the Columbidae family. They go on to explore snakes, oozing, gushing, skin, bones, intestines and scrotum' as well as darkness, resilience, rapture, seductions, repulsion, calm, turbulence, obsessiveness, working intensely, choir singing and Kate achieving a distinction for her dissertation at the Royal College despite being dyslexic. 


(This episode is co-produced by Jillian Knipe and Elizabeth Fullerton with music by Griffin Knipe and image by Joanna Quinn of Beryl Productions)



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Berlinde de Bruyckere

Doris Salcedo

Eva Hesse

Helen Chadwick

Helmut Lang


Lancelot 'Capability' Brown

Mona Hatoum

Robert Adam 

Thomas Chippendale



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Tim Winton 'The Shepherd’s Hut' 2018



Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire 

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