Using crude oil and recycled motor oil as an ink and paint to create representations of petroleum refining landscapes, my artwork aims to disrupt and interfere with our expectations of how one experiences oil in our western world. Crude oil is usually contained and controlled by the industry. In using crude oil as a medium to create artwork, I heighten the viewer’s awareness of the disconnection between ones relationship with the material; oil is both a familiar, integral part of contemporary existence, yet remains a mysterious and unknown substance.

Kathleen Thum

190,000 Miles, Screenprint with Crude Oil and Used Motor Oil, 38" x 54", 2017