Portfolio > 2014 to 2013

In 2012, I visited two retired Off-Shore Drilling Rigs in Texas and Louisiana and spent time exploring oil refining areas along the Gulf Coast. Since this trip, I have begun to depict the tubular, pipeline forms interacting and forming a literal landscape in my drawings. I present the tubular structures as growing and altering landscapes; even becoming their own living entities enmeshed with the landscape. The earth is depicted as being used up, barely being able to support the oil infrastructures. In these drawings I evoke the earth as becoming sickly, having tumors and growths, and becoming cancerous. The work addresses the ongoing shifting of power between mankind and the earth and brings up questions about the carrying capacity of the earth’s natural resources in relation to the human species.

Drawing on Mylar with Ink of Dystopia Landscape, Oil refining and Pipelines by Kathleen Thum
Ink and Graphite on Layers of Mylar
21” x 16”
2013
Drawing on  Mylar with India Ink of Dystopia Landscape, Oil refining and Pipelines by Kathleen Thum
Ink and Graphite on Layers of Mylar
21” x 16”
2013
Large-scale Drawing on Mylar of Environmental  Landscape, oil refining and pipelines by Kathleen Thum
Graphite on Layers of Frosted Mylar
108” x 42”
2014
Drawing Installation by Kathleen Thum
Ink and Acrylic on Hand Cut Paper
12 ft x 17 ft
2014
Collage Drawing of Pipes and Tubes
Crude Oil, Recycled Motor Oil and Acrylic on Laser Cut and Hand Cut Paper
19" x 25"
2014
Collage and Drawing of Oil Refinery Landscape using recycled Motor Oil by Kathleen Thum
Motor Oil and Carbon Black on Laser Cut Paper
19" x 25"
2014
Hand cut and Laser cut Collage and Drawing of Oil Refinery Landscape by Kathleen Thum
Gouache, Acrylic and India Ink on Laser Cut and Hand Cut Paper
19” x 18”
2014
Collage and Drawing inspired by Multilateral oil drilling by Kathleen Thum
Acrylic, India Ink and Pastel on Laser Cut and Hand Cut Paper
18" x 30"
2014
Collage Drawing of Pipes and Tubes using a Laser Cutter
Gouache on Laser Cut Paper
30" x 20"
2014
Drawing and Painting on Paper with Gouache using mark-making inspired by oil and pipelines by Kathleen Thum
Gouache on Paper
11" x 15"
2014