Kate McMillan : Stones for Dancing, Stones for Dying
18 March - 16 April 2016

‘Dirty orange and purple shards of light cut through foliage before darkness.
It wasn’t particularly beautiful but some sense of urgency caused the child to look at it for those brief few minutes before it dimmed away to a dulling blur behind the treeline opposite..’ *


Stones for Dancing, Stones for Dying explores the relationship between inherited body memory and landscape. Using film, photography and sculpture the work explores how the intense residue of memory can be located through quiet gesture, landscape and the objects we carry around with us. The persistent stone-like forms in my practice over the last five years, which reflect internal and external landscapes, can be found throughout the exhibition. Yet the works persist as an open-ended dialogue between abstraction, felt experience and memory, a sort of visual poem.

The title of the exhibition is drawn from the 1953 film ‘Figures in a Landscape’, narrated by poet Laureate Cecil Day Lewis, about Barbara Hepworth and her engagement with the Cornwall landscape.

* Taken from a story by London based curator and writer Daniel C Blight titled Magpie for Anxious Objects, the full text accompanies the work. 

Click to read - Magpie for Anxious by Daniel C Blight

Installation View

Installation View

Untitled Finishing plaster, spray paint, watercolour, glass, bronze, acrylic paint, plywood 37 x 30 x 28 cm, 2016

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Finishing plaster, spray paint, watercolour, glass, bronze, acrylic paint, plywood
37 x 30 x 28 cm, 2016

Untitled (detail) Finishing plaster, spray paint, watercolour, glass, bronze, acrylic paint, plywood 37 x 30 x 28 cm, 2016

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Finishing plaster, spray paint, watercolour, glass, bronze, acrylic paint, plywood
37 x 30 x 28 cm, 2016

Untitled Plaster of paris, glass, bronze, acrylic paint, plywood 16 x 30 x 23 cm, 2016

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Plaster of paris, glass, bronze, acrylic paint, plywood
16 x 30 x 23 cm, 2016

Untitled Plaster of paris, glass, bronze, acrylic paint, plywood 16 x 30 x 23 cm, 2016

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Plaster of paris, glass, bronze, acrylic paint, plywood
16 x 30 x 23 cm, 2016

Untitled (detail) Plaster of paris, glass, bronze, acrylic paint, plywood 16 x 30 x 23 cm, 2016

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Plaster of paris, glass, bronze, acrylic paint, plywood
16 x 30 x 23 cm, 2016

Untitled Air drying plaster, rock, bronze, glass, cotton, acrylic paint, plywood 20 x 45 x 30 cm, 2016

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Air drying plaster, rock, bronze, glass, cotton, acrylic paint, plywood
20 x 45 x 30 cm, 2016

Untitled (detail) Air drying plaster, rock, bronze, glass, cotton, acrylic paint, plywood 20 x 45 x 30 cm, 2016

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Air drying plaster, rock, bronze, glass, cotton, acrylic paint, plywood
20 x 45 x 30 cm, 2016

Untitled Air drying plaster, rock, bronze, glass, cotton, acrylic paint, plywood 20 x 45 x 30 cm, 2016

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Air drying plaster, rock, bronze, glass, cotton, acrylic paint, plywood
20 x 45 x 30 cm, 2016

Untitled Digital photograph, oak frame, bronze, Edition of 3 + AP 69 x 54.5 cm, 2016

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Digital photograph, oak frame, bronze, Edition of 3 + AP
69 x 54.5 cm, 2016

Stones for Dancing, Stones for Dying HD Film, Edition of 3 Camera – Kate McMillan, Caitlin Yardley, Deborah May Sound by Cat Hope, double bass and transducer 2 minutes 30 seconds, 2016

Stones for Dancing, Stones for Dying
HD Film, Edition of 3
Camera – Kate McMillan, Caitlin Yardley, Deborah May
Sound by Cat Hope, double bass and transducer
2 minutes 30 seconds, 2016

Untitled Digital photograph, linen, spray paint, oak frame, bronze 42.5 x 33 cm, 2016

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Digital photograph, linen, spray paint, oak frame, bronze
42.5 x 33 cm, 2016

Untitled (detail) Digital photograph, linen, spray paint, oak frame, bronze 42.5 x 33 cm, 2016

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Digital photograph, linen, spray paint, oak frame, bronze
42.5 x 33 cm, 2016

Untitled Plaster of paris, bronze, glass, print on paper, cotton, acrylic paint, plywood 12 x 50 x 28 cm, 2016

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Plaster of paris, bronze, glass, print on paper, cotton, acrylic paint, plywood
12 x 50 x 28 cm, 2016

Untitled (detail) Plaster of paris, bronze, glass, print on paper, cotton, acrylic paint, plywood 12 x 50 x 28 cm, 2016

Untitled (detail)
Plaster of paris, bronze, glass, print on paper, cotton, acrylic paint, plywood
12 x 50 x 28 cm, 2016