Portfolio > 2017 to 2013

In these drawings, paintings and wall installations I obsessively render a continuous line to create complex, intertwined, tubular forms. As I draw, I consider the effect of how transmitting fluids and gases, along with pressure and gravity would influence these imagined forms. The forms are layered and loosely follow aspects of linear perspective to become networks that reference the vast and intricate transportation, processing and refining systems of oil, natural gas and water as seen in our industrial landscape.

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.

Petrolia pipelines oil spill abstraction
Acrylic on Laser Cut Paper
96" x 96"
2017
detail of Petrolia
Acrylic on Laser Cut Paper
2017
Wilson Hall Gallery, University of Alabama in Huntsville, artwork about oil, industrial landscapes
Ink and Acrylic on Hand Cut Paper
108" x 180"
2017
Cut paper artwork, Ink on Paper, Drawing
Ink and Acrylic on Hand Cut Paper
2017
Petroscape
Ink and Acrylic on Hand Cut Paper
84" x 252"
2017
Cut paper artwork, Ink on Paper, Drawing, Pipelines, Installation, Wall Drawing
Ink and Acrylic on Hand Cut Paper
144" x 288"
2016
Cut paper artwork, Ink on Paper, Drawing, Pipelines, Installation, Wall Drawing
Ink and Acrylic on Hand Cut Paper
2016
Cut paper artwork, Ink on Paper, Drawing, Pipelines, Installation, Wall Drawing
Ink and Acrylic on Hand Cut Paper
96" x 108"
2016
Burn Baby Burn
Hand Cut Vinyl Fabric, Ink and Acrylic on Hand Cut Paperand
2016
Cut paper artwork, Vinyl, Ink on Paper, Drawing, Pipelines, Installation, Wall Drawing
Hand Cut Vinyl Fabric
2016
Cut paper artwork, Vinyl, Ink on Paper, Drawing, Pipelines, Installation, Wall Drawing
Vinyl Fabric, Acrylic and Ink
2016
Cut paper artwork, Ink on Paper, Drawing, Pipelines, Installation, Wall Drawing
Ink and Acrylic on Hand Cut Paper
48" x 24"
2016
Graphite Drawing by Kathleen Thum
Graphite on Paper
55" x 50"
2015
Graphite Drawing of Dystopia Artwork on Frosted Mylar of Oil Infrastructure
Graphite on Layers on Frosted Mylar
108" x 42"
2015
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
Graphite Line Drawing of Landscape with Pipelines and Cross Contour Mark Making
Graphite on Paper
15" x 11"
2015
Graphite Drawing of Anatomical Drawing of Pipelines by Kathleen Thum
Graphite on Paper
15" x 11"
2015
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
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