KATHLEEN CAMMARATA

My paintings are imaginary worlds subject to growth, change, explosion, and rebirth. These worlds are moving, morphing, fluctuating: the landscapes having meaning beyond their familiar physical identity. The sky and ground intermingle. The forms are robust as well as sensual, rotund as well as elongated. The surface is heavily textured and the light source is invented. Imagined fluids are fermenting and releasing in pockets indicating a life below the surface. Traveling lines move through the compositions on unrequited journeys.

My drawings have a similar essence. The paper is embossed, rubbed, punctured and erased. In some pieces hand made collage elements and quiet touches of color coexist. In the abstract drawings entities enter the picture plane from three sides. The middle ground begs the question: Will these elements join or collide?

In the “Gravity of Flowers” series, the drawings explore the cultural meaning of flowers in a nontraditional manner. The flowers are stemless, compressed together and entering the picture plane as a force. They are bearing down from the top, swooping in from the side, flying, falling, and molting. These flowers, though delicately drawn are not fragile.

Intensely complex and consumed by nature’s spiritual energy, my work rewards close examination. It contrasts freedom and control, establishing a relationship between intuitive expression and calculated form.