sculptor kate macdowell of portland, oregon, USA, depicts the fragility of nature and humanity through a romanticized connection between the human body and the environment through porcelain figures. the entirety of her work draws upon historical figures and events, art history, and greek mythology. the interaction between the modern human and the environment is evident as a motivation for the artist in the rendering of each figure. macdowell’s works are initially formed by hand from a solid piece of porcelain with the depth and layering of each construction epitomizing her unique interaction with this medium. the smaller figures within each piece are made individually as the artist develops a tangibly intimate interaction with each structure. her choice of porcelain has an ethereal effect on her finished pieces— each work is rendered with exquisite detail, the delicate quality as ultimate strength of the porcelain is magnified by her wonderfully unsettling combination of elements of nature on or in the human form. macdowell’s collection has an impression of biological accuracy, resulting in an artifact or specimen like treatment of each piece.