Portfolio > The Carbon Series

The following drawings, called the Carbon Series, revolve around the subject of coal. I use different visual and conceptual approaches to explore the corporeal qualities of coal. In examining pieces of coal through the act of drawing, I hope to heighten my awareness and knowledge of this fossil fuel. In the drawings, I use the black, dirty quality of artist charcoal as my medium to capture the physical and material characteristics of coal. I am interested in how coal itself has no positive or negative attributes, but through our history and current politics, coal becomes a loaded divisive symbol. In these drawings, I aim to honor the power that coal has contributed in creating our modern world and equally convey the dark side of coal and the environmental cost we must bear.

Kathleen Thum, Carbon Series Drawings, Charcoal on Paper, contemporary Drawing, works on paper, coal mining, climate change
Charcoal on Paper
30" x 22"
2020
Kathleen Thum, Carbon Series Drawings, Charcoal on Paper, contemporary Drawing, works on paper, coal mining, climate change
Charcoal on Paper
30" x 22"
2020
Kathleen Thum, Carbon Series Drawings, Charcoal on Paper, contemporary Drawing, works on paper, coal mining, climate change
Charcoal on Paper
30" x 22"
2020
Kathleen Thum, Carbon Series Drawings, Charcoal on Paper, contemporary Drawing, works on paper, coal mining, climate change
Charcoal on Paper
30" x 22"
2020
Kathleen Thum, Carbon Series Drawings, Charcoal on Paper, contemporary Drawing, works on paper, coal mining, climate change
Charcoal on Paper
30" x 22"
2020
Kathleen Thum, Carbon Series Drawings, Charcoal on Paper, Liquid Charcoal, contemporary Drawing, works on paper, coal mining, climate change
Charcoal on Paper
30" x 22"
2020
Kathleen Thum, Carbon Series Drawings, Charcoal on Paper, contemporary Drawing, works on paper, coal mining, climate change
Charcoal on Paper
30" x 22"
2020
Kathleen Thum, Carbon Series Drawings, Charcoal on Paper, contemporary Drawing, works on paper, coal mining, climate change
Charcoal on Paper
30" x 22"
2020
Kathleen Thum, Carbon Series Drawings, Charcoal on Paper, contemporary Drawing, works on paper, coal mining, climate change
Charcoal on Paper
30" x 22"
2020
Kathleen Thum, Carbon Series Drawings, Charcoal on Paper, contemporary Drawing, works on paper, coal mining, climate change
Charcoal on Paper
30" x 22"
2020
Kathleen Thum, Carbon Series Drawings, Charcoal on Paper, contemporary Drawing, works on paper, coal mining, climate change
Charcoal on Paper
30" x 22"
2020
Kathleen Thum, Carbon Series Drawings, Charcoal on Paper, contemporary Drawing, works on paper, coal mining, climate change
Charcoal on Paper
30" x 22"
2020
Charcoal Drawing of Wyoming coal, Jentel residency, fossil fuels
Charcoal on Paper
22" x 30"
2018
Charcoal Drawing, Fossil Fuels, Contemporary Drawing, Envirnomental Art, Climate Change
Charcoal on Paper
22" x 30"
2018
Charcoal Drawing, Fossil Fuels, Contemporary Drawing, Envirnomental Art, Climate Change
Charcoal on Paper
22" x 30"
2018
Charcoal Drawing, Fossil Fuels, Contemporary Drawing, Envirnomental Art, Climate Change
Charcoal on Paper
22" x 30"
2019
Charcoal Drawing, Fossil Fuels, Contemporary Drawing, Envirnomental Art, Climate Change
Charcoal on Paper
15" x 11"
2019
Charcoal Drawing, Fossil Fuels, Contemporary Drawing, Envirnomental Art, Climate Change
Charcoal on Paper
2019
Charcoal Drawing, Fossil Fuels, Contemporary Drawing, Envirnomental Art, Climate Change
Charcoal on Paper
15" x 11"
2019
Charcoal Drawing, Fossil Fuels, Contemporary Drawing, Envirnomental Art, Climate Change
Charcoal on Paper
15" x 11"
2019
Charcoal Drawing, Fossil Fuels, Contemporary Drawing, Envirnomental Art, Climate Change
Charcoal on Paper
15" x 11"
2019
Charcoal Drawing, Fossil Fuels, Contemporary Drawing, Envirnomental Art, Climate Change
Charcoal on Paper
15" x 11"
2019
Charcoal Drawing, Fossil Fuels, Contemporary Drawing, Envirnomental Art, Climate Change
Charcoal on Paper
15" x 11"
2019
Charcoal Drawing, Fossil Fuels, Contemporary Drawing, Envirnomental Art, Climate Change
Charcoal and India Ink on Paper
15" x 11"
2019
Charcoal Drawing, Fossil Fuels, Contemporary Drawing, Envirnomental Art, Climate Change
Charcoal on Paper
15" x 11"
2019
Charcoal Drawing, Fossil Fuels, Contemporary Drawing, Envirnomental Art, Climate Change
Charcoal on Paper
15" x 11"
2019
Charcoal Drawing, Fossil Fuels, Contemporary Drawing, Envirnomental Art, Climate Change
Charcoal and India Ink on Paper
15" x 11"
2019
Charcoal Drawing, Fossil Fuels, Contemporary Drawing, Envirnomental Art, Climate Change
Charcoal on Paper
15" x 11"
2019
Charcoal Drawing, Fossil Fuels, Contemporary Drawing, Envirnomental Art, Climate Change
Charcoal on Paper
15" x 11"
2019
Charcoal Drawing, Fossil Fuels, Contemporary Drawing, Envirnomental Art, Climate Change
Charcoal on Paper
15" x 11"
2019
Charcoal Drawing, Fossil Fuels, Contemporary Drawing, Envirnomental Art, Climate Change
Charcoal on Paper
15" x 11"
2019
Charcoal Drawing, Fossil Fuels, Contemporary Drawing, Envirnomental Art, Climate Change
Charcoal on Paper
15" x 11"
2019
Charcoal Drawing, Fossil Fuels, Contemporary Drawing, Envirnomental Art, Climate Change
Charcoal on Paper
15" x 11"
2019
Charcoal Drawing, Fossil Fuels, Contemporary Drawing, Envirnomental Art, Climate Change
Charcoal on Paper
15" x 11"
2019