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The work of British artist and designer Kathy Dalwood intersects the worlds of fine art and design but whatever the theme, always centres around the process of casting.
Working primarily in plaster and concrete, her practice explores histories of sculpture, fashion and architecture and in her unique approach, in order to create her sculptural imagery, she casts directly from real objects and materials.
Her sculpture and design work has found expression in some very different collections, contexts and projects, including venues Bergdorf Goodman, New York, The Holburne Museum, Bath, Paul Smith’s flagship London store, the Kasteel d’Ursel in Antwerp and Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire.
Public sculpture commissions: responding to place, architecture and history, Kathy Dalwood has created large scale plaster friezes for important buildings and environments in Britain. Again, the imagery – indented to the surface – is made from direct casting from real things.
St Davids Two Shopping Centre, Cardiff
Cynon Valley Hospital, Wales
Three-dimensional design: with a very sculptural approach, Kathy Dalwood has created some iconic collections of cast concrete and ceramic planters, tiles and friezes. Made to commission, these are specified by private clients and high-profile contemporary architecture and design companies.
Retail collections and commercial collaborations: throughout her career Kathy Dalwood’s sculpture and design work has been showcased in leading edge, contemporary boutiques and galleries internationally and commissioned for high profile events and advertising campaigns.
Notable collaborations have been with design store Habitat who commissioned the ‘Set Squares’ collection of porcelain tiles and vases; Louis Vuitton where her plaster busts were the main event at a voluptuous art world dinner and in 2015 the busts took centre stage at a specially commissioned exhibition ‘Secret Society at Bergdorf Goodman’ at the luxury New York store.