UNM Los Alamos

"Physical" by Kathamann

"Physical" by Kathamann

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by Kathamann

Artist's Statement


The Exhibit

This is an installation of figure drawings on multiple scrolls. I used chalks, charcoals, conte crayon and graphite on brown packing paper, newsprint and other distressed papers. Aqueous washes of latex or acrylic are often applied to add weight and bulk to the figures. The exhibit depicts a 40-year practice of figure drawing, which has honed the figure to gesture. I feel the gesture captures the intrinsic energy of the pose.

Execution is quick. Narrative groupings overlap. The scroll format reminds me of wall paintings in Egyptian tombs where multiple figures suggest the action.

I have been attending life drawing sessions at the Argos Gallery in Santa Fe for the past few years. We have a variety of terrific models and poses that last two minutes to 45 minutes.

About the Artist

Kathamann has been active in New Mexico's art community for over thirty years exhibiting in juried, group and one-person shows. She received her B.A. in Visual Arts, cum laude, at the College of Santa Fe. She has also studied with Helen Frankenthaler, John Chamberlain, and Beverly Pepper at the Santa Fe Art Institute. Jorge Fick, noted modern painter, was her painting mentor.

Mishell Karma Gaia, a 1973 Karmann Ghia, became an art car by Kathamann and was inducted into the Houston Art Car Museum in 2007, after winning first place in Houston's Art Car Parade in 2002 and 2007.  Photos of Mishell have appeared in numerous publications including Raw Vision, the world's leading journal of outsider art, and The People's Paper of Beijing.  The Hollywood film, MacGruber, included a large red sculpture by Kathamann.

An online portfolio of her work can be found at http://internet.cybermesa.com/%7ekathamann/.

-The Artist


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