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The Wittiness of the Nude


By Kathleen Cammarata

Figurative drawing is an expression of personality. It is never neutral or entirely objective. Every drawing captures the object depicted plus the artist’s intention.

The fragility of drawing is it’s essential feature. The paper fades, rips, stains, and burns. The drawing smudges, marks, and erases. These attributes are harnessed in Kathleen Cammarata’s work.

In “Erased Saints,” a dozen pencil drawings, female saints are full-bodied nudes presented as protectors of psychological states. They are erotic in tone and sarcastic in pose. Some body parts are erased to indicate perhaps they never existed. The eraser is also used to create stripes on arms and legs.Their witty titles encourage a playful reaction from the viewer.

Knowing paper can burn as well as a drawing erased, Cammarata smokes the figures’ hair in the series “Body Fictions.” The women are wearing handwritten poetry by Rumi, Hafiz, and Mary Oliver. They look pensive and contemplative. They are graced by one or two flowers. Her intention is to capture a certain quietness.

The “Super Girls” series is comic-book pop art take off. The humor is obvious. Familiar superhero poses are adopted and sound words are drawn in tongue-in-cheek places. ZAP on the breasts, SLAP on the thigh, and SMACK on the pelvis accompany flowers bursting from the bodies. These are fun, fun, fun!

The newest drawing is titled “Miss Americas.” Again Cammarata uses superhero poses and sound words with a political twist. These women are strong and arrogant. They are sporting stars and stripes, red, white, and blue. They mean business. They are a reflection of the political climate in the United States.

The “Wittiness of the Nude” offers something for everyone. The exhibition can be seen at Alameda 6 Colonia San Antonio (GPS Alameda 5) on Sunday March 11 from 2-5pm. or by appointment, email:

Cammarata has been an artist for thirty five years. She taught in two museums, a university, and various other institutions. She had two residencies at Vermont Studio Center. She has had 25 solo exhibitions and 50+ curated exhibitions. Her last solo show was at Belles Artes in San Miguel. More of her work can be seen at


Art exhibition

“The Wittiness of the Nude”

Sun, Mar 11, 2-5pm

Alameda 6 Colonia San Antonio





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