Henrietta MacPhee is a British ceramic artist living and working in London. MacPhee creates trompe l’oeil illusions through sculpture and painting, traversing the border between two- and three-dimensions.
In Scaredy-cat, Scary-cat a leopard and a tiger are portrayed climbing a tree to escape from rising water, acting on their instinctive fear. With snarling faces and heads turned towards the viewer, these wildcats exhibit opposing emotions of fear and fierceness. The two entrance columns define a transformation of weakness into strength through a single stance.
MacPhee’s work is a reflection of experience interwoven with imagination. She creates scenes of poetic tenderness and humour, interweaving metaphors for embracing life’s diversity of peoples and cultures. Her work is playful, representing an innocent yet thought provoking relationship with the material form.