Artwork > 2010-2006

I think of these drawings and paintings as internal landscapes of our bodies; cells, veins, skin, nerves. These landscapes are systems that our lives depend upon. They circulate blood, compress or expand to breathe, filter or cover to protect and carry signals or messages. They are all inter-related and inter-dependent. I use these systems to construct various structures in my drawings and paintings. Like our internal systems, the structures are linear, flowing, clustered, dense, and intertwined.

In this work, I create a matrix of lines to represent our skins. The matrix becomes a transparent membrane that is flexible. It morphs and changes as our skin does. It reacts to its surroundings and can be pushed or pulled to form lumps and bumps. I use groupings of white dots to make a barrier or an edge, which is soft and willing to yield, envelop and grow around other structures. Color emphasizes areas of tension, heat and sensitivity in the drawings.

The materials and the presentation of my work are as important as the imagery. The immediacy and directness of mark making and the emotive qualities of a line echo the content of the work. Spontaneity and immediacy are paired with obsessiveness and control in the working process.

abstract scroll drawing of body systems by Kathleen Thum
Gouache and Graphite on Rice Paper
17" x 52"
2006
Abstract scroll drawing of body and mapping systems by Kathleen Thum
Gouache and Graphite on Rice Paper
17" x 52"
2006
Abstract scroll drawing of body and mapping systems by Kathleen Thum
Gouache and Graphite on Rice Paper
17" x 52"
2006
Abstract scroll drawing of body and mapping systems by Kathleen Thum
Gouache and Graphite on Rice Paper
17" x 52"
2006
Abstract scroll drawing of body and mapping systems by Kathleen Thum
Gouache and Graphite on Rice Paper
17" x 52"
2006
System Series drawing of body systems by Kathleen Thum
Gouache and Graphite on Waxed Masa Paper
12" x 10"
2006
System Series drawing of body systems by Kathleen Thum
Gouache, Graphite and Pin Pricks on Rice Paper
12" x 10"
2006
System Series drawing of body systems by Kathleen Thum
Graphite and Gouache on Rice Paper
12" x 10"
2006
System Series drawing of body systems by Kathleen Thum
Graphite and Gouache on Rice Paper
12" x 10"
2006
System Series drawing of body systems by Kathleen Thum
Graphite and Gouache on Rice Paper
12" x 10"
2006
System Series drawing of body systems by Kathleen Thum
Gouache and Graphite on Waxed Masa Paper
12" x 10"
2008
System Series drawing of body systems by Kathleen Thum
Graphite and Gouache on Rice Paper
2008
System Series drawing by Kathleen Thum
Gouache and Graphite on Rice Paper
12" x 10"
2008
System Series drawing of body systems by Kathleen Thum
Graphite and Colored Pencil on Vellum
12" x 10"
2008
Abstract drawing of organic pipelines, values and intestines by Kathleen Thum
Gouache and Graphite on Vellum
12" x 10"
2008
Abstract drawing of biomorphic systems by Kathleen Thum
Gouache and Graphite on Rice Paper
12" x 10"
2008
Abstract drawing of organic pipelines, values and intestines by Kathleen Thum
Gouache and Graphite on Vellum
12" x 10"
2008
System Series drawing by Kathleen Thum
Gouache and Graphite on Rice Paper
12" x 10"
2008
System Series drawing of body systems by Kathleen Thum
Graphite and Gouache on Rice Paper
12" x 10"
2008
System Series drawing of body systems by Kathleen Thum
Ink, Gouache and Graphite on Rice Paper
12" x 10"
2008
System Series drawing of body systems by Kathleen Thum
Gouache and Graphite on Rice Paper
12" x 10"
2008
Abstract painting of swarming systems by Kathleen Thum
Gouache and Acrylic on Paper
30" x 42"
2008
Painting of landscape strata in layers by Kathleen Thum
Acrylic and Gouache on Paper
30" x 42"
2010
Sod/Seethe
Gouache, Acrylic and Collage on Paper
30" x 42"
2007
Drawing and painting on frosted mylar of biomorphic body systems by Kathleen Thum
Mixed Media on Frosted Mylar
60" x 42"
2008
Abstract drawing and painting on frosted mylar of biomorphic body systems by Kathleen Thum
Mixed Media on Frosted Mylar
60" x 42"
2008
Drawing and painting on frosted mylar of biomorphic body systems by Kathleen Thum
Mixed Media on Frosted Mylar
60" x 42"
2008