The Presence of Painting

By Kathleen Cammarata

Painting, like water, takes any form.”—Squeak Carnwath, painter

The artist takes wet, colorful substances, smears them on a piece of fabric drawn taut across wooden bars, and calls it painting. This aspect of human endeavor, taking raw material and charging it with presence, is of critical importance. Drawing and painting is the possibility of becoming present. It is transformative.

Art Opening
The Presence of Painting
By Kathleen Cammarata
Fri, Apr 7, 3‒5pm
Alameda 6, Colonia San Antonio

My paintings have an overarching story of contemporary landscape. Our planet, composed of earth, air, and water, is in flux. We know that stars are born and die. We know about black holes and dark matter. We have ventured beyond the historical depiction of sky and ground. My work examines the place and terrain of this frontier of the 21st century. In the crisis of environmental issues, I intend to sensitize the viewer to these concerns. I want the viewer to look at the painting, into the painting, and come out the other side with a new perspective.

In the painting Surface Dwellers we can see small remnants of human-made roads, airfields, and borders on the earth’s surface. Bearing down from above is a red planet. Will they collide or pass in space? Can we imagine ourselves as surface dwellers? Is this a landscape or a portrait?

In Eternity Is Not Later, the earth, sky, and water elements intermingle in a swirl of energy. Three planets orbit around a central piece of sky. The land has fossil imprints, craters, and longitudinal lines. What will be born and what will die? Where do we come from and where do we go?

This is about us.

Kathleen Cammarata is an American painter living in San Miguel de Allende. She has had 25 solo shows, including at the Belles Artes and at the Berlin Bar. She has taught in two museums, in a university, and in her studio. Her work can be seen at or by appointment,


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