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New Kate Cammarata Exhibit, Magic Object, Secret Soul, Opens


By Hope Palmer

The starting point of the new show at Kathleen Cammarata’s studio is an entrance into a world where visible form, in its darkest essence, celebrates the magic of landscape.

In her art, forms appear as if they are beginnings of new growth. Cammarata’s drawings discard their substantiality, as if waiting to discover their secret soul.

Complementing the drawings, Maureen Morris’s objects have a sense of mysticism hovering over them, projecting their own darkness and earthly shadow. The pieces’ surfaces have an alchemistic sheen similar to graphite, and wings sprout in uncanny places.

The drawings penetrate to the womb of nature, the primal ground of creation, where the secret key to all things lies hidden. Art becomes mysticism presented in inky blackness that suggests regression into Stygian depths, where everything turns unstable. Balls are rolling out of sight in an undulating landscape. These balls, or eggs, are connected or loosely scattered in the compositions, appearing to regress into an impenetrable backlit space. There are hidden recesses where the beginning of life ignites and a changeless background asserts itself. And thus Cammarata’s art has become mysticism.

The exhibit does not entirely vanquish reality, for Morris’s sculptures present that concrete thread that stretches into tangible space. There is a curious animation about her work that complements the drawings and in turn becomes a symbolic representation of time and place.

Each drawing and sculpture is a revelation of a world sensed as familiar but which later dissolves into the unknowable. It seems to carry on separate existences, but they make you, the viewer, believe in the surprising effects of this strange beauty.

Morris is a ceramic artist living and working in San Miguel for ten years. She works in a studio with other ceramicists, sharing ideas and inspirations as well as formulas and techniques. Her sculptures are made with paper clay or other clays that are thin but strong.

Cammarata is a painter and draftsman. She has had 25 solo shows and has participated in numerous group shows. She taught in two museums and in a US university. Her work is on display in both private and corporate collections.

Magic Objects, Secret Souls can be seen on Sunday, Nov 11, from 2–5pm or by appointment


Art Opening

Magic Object, Secret Soul

Sun, Nov 11, 2–5pm

Alameda 6, col San Antonio



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