Kathleens drawings are based on various human physiological systems represented through abstract networks and build up of shapes, lines, dots and clumps. Like our internal systems, the structures in the drawings are linear, flowing, clustered, open, dense, and intertwined. Working on semi-transparent papers with graphite, ink, gouache and/or acrylic paint, the drawings evolve intuitively as she uses color and layering to playfully create new imagery based on the fascinating and humorous inter-workings of our bodies.
Kathleen Thum was born and raised in Westfield, New Jersey. She received her BFA in 1992 from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore Maryland and went on to receive her MFA from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio in 2000.
Kathleen is currently teaching drawing as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Skidmore College. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions such as No Money, No Problems, The Recession Art Show at the Invisible Dog Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, and Anonymous Drawings no. 10, a Bluetenweiss project, at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien in Berlin, Germany. She also has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Lake George Arts Projects Courthouse Gallery in Lake George, New York and past solo exhibitions at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio and Dayton Visual Arts Center in Dayton, Ohio. She presently lives in Greenwich, New York, a small town in upstate northeastern New York, with her artist husband and their 3-year-old son.