Kate MccGwire is a British, London-based artist who spent her childhood growing up on the Norfolk Broads. MccGwire’s early memories of this distinct landscape, dominated by its wetlands, serpentine waterways and the wildlife that lives along the region’s waters, form the foundations of her practice, which is inspired by the cycles, patterns and dualities of nature.
1) What inspires your art?
My work is inspired by the water forming incredible patterns that are there one second and gone the next. Everything is fleeting on the water; it is beautiful but there is danger and treachery underneath the surface. I’m intrigued by that dichotomy.
2) How do you see the world of whisky and the world of art colliding/what drew you to Royal Salute?
There are parallels between my work and Royal Salute’s whisky making process; I take a very humble material, the feather, and make sculptures of hopefully exquisite beauty.
In this collaboration, rich amber gold pheasant feathers are juxtaposed against striking copper elements, reflecting the Scottish hills and flowing water, and the effect that nature has on whisky making.
My work merges together with Royal Salute Whisky to create something quite magical.