Location: Miami, FL, United States
Completion date: 2023
Artwork budget: $30,000
Katie McIntyre Studio
Mad Arts Gallery
Using physical sculpture and digital animation and projection, artist Katie McIntyre creates a portal to a phygital city that recalls the power of ancient women while projecting a vision of the future that’s based in a spiritual triumph into a new chapter of the liberated female form. The portal fosters an often-overlooked connection between creation, the universe and womanhood. The egg in the center is a symbol of female creation, female generative energy. At the pole of contraction, our universe existed as an invisible point of dark light, of compacted potential and energy. This was the world egg. The spiral movement that creates a center and a moving, continuous whole is also that which, when combined with gravitational contraction, creates the solar system and the atom—and on a large scale, the galaxy. As the animations evolve, we move through the universe, through colorful new worlds, and finally into the physical reality. The piece tells the journey of the universe into a conscious physical being through the womb of a woman.
The goals of this work was to create a mixed reality experience based in art history and a representation of the future that shows a new lens of the feminine that we have not seen yet before. The work is a combination of a sculpture and projections, showing how both forms can come together to create an impactful piece. It was created for the coda awards presentation at Mad Arts Gallery in Miami.