Kate McDonald is a multi-media, Canadian artist, based in Toronto and Waterloo. She is studying Fine Arts, Visual Culture and Business at the University of Waterloo. She has had several opportunities to showcase her work, such as at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto as part of a group show for the Magenta Foundation. You can follow her work on her website or through Instagram @katyspacebird.
This work is a photography based, mixed media project, originally created for a group show at a small gallery in Toronto. It is an exploration of female power. I decided to do an Elizabethan era inspired fashion shoot as I was intrigued by the costumes and styles of the era, but I wanted to put a twist on it. I wanted to take some elements of medieval knight armour and incorporate it into the drawings to give the models an even more regal and powerful look, while in turn creating something beautiful from the idea of armour. I used the armour pattern as a way to create a "tough" kind of fashion. In this way, I explore gender roles and what it means to be powerful and beautiful as I believe that in the modern woman, these qualities go hand in hand.
*keep in mind these are low-quality pictures of physical prints