The natural landscape that surrounds us is the result of epic battles between the elements. Our ancient ancestors recognized these forces at play and in mythopoeic language captured the essence in story and symbol. In almost every culture the origin story involves forces of nature. Water in particular. Kathleen’s paintings have a quality of presence that recognizes the unifying flow that connects the trees, roots in the earth, wind, rain, clouds, sky and human experience.
Kathleen brings the exhibit out from the confines of a gallery into the field and unfolds it like a partially visible tent. A constellation of canvas fragments draws the observer’s gaze from one place to another, creating a unique geometry.
As Kathleen focuses on a micro scale of the landscape, tree bark texture, she reveals the macro scale of the dynamic flow of patterns that surround us. While viewing the installation, the spectator is reminded about the notion that resonates in many myths: Everything is interconnected. We are surrounded by the continually unfolding terrain of an origin story.