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A New Perspective

By Kathleen Cammarata

“Earth is third child of the sun, hovering on the edge of chance
Not so lazy as to leave one
Scorching side turned to the fire.
Nor cold enough to freeze
Nor small enough to lose its
Saving gauze of atmosphere
Nor quite so smooth of crust
As to be forever drowned
Beneath one total ocean.”
-“Cybernaut”-E.G. Valens
Earth, 4.54 billion years old, was first seen from space as “The Blue Marble” in 1972. The age of human painting is 40,000 years old, first seen in red ochre and black pigment on cave walls. Representational painting is 2,400 years old, first seen in China. Landscape painting is 1,115 years old, again first seen in China.

From space we comprehend earth as an active planet composed of the four elements: earth, air, fire, and water. These constituents are constantly in flux. We know infinity exists microscopically and macroscopically. We have ventured beyond the historical depiction of land and sky.

Our new perspective calls for a new genre of “landscape painting.” My paintings are of this genre. They examine the place and terrain of this new understanding of the world, a world subject to growth, change, explosion, and rebirth. The paintings are abstract swirling patterns that mix up the elements of earth, air, fire, and water. Planets emerge, fossils bury in the forms, red gas bubbles up from under, clouds hover over surfaces, and light creates its own source.

Possessed of an abstract beauty, these images are contemporary landscapes we need to be engaged with. They call on us to widen our view and remind us of energies we cannot visually perceive.

I have been a painter for 30 years, the last three in San Miguel de Allende. I have had more than 25 solo exhibitions, the most recent at Belles Artes. My work is in numerous collections both corporate and private. I have taught at two museums and a university in the United States. My website is

Eight new paintings and 24 monoprints can be seen at Esperanza Studio on Sunday, October 4, from 1 to 4 pm or by appointment. For an appointment, please email me at


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