Clemson University

Gathering Lines: Drawings by Kathleen Thum

Jan. 9–Apr. 27 • M-F, 1–5 p.m. • Brooks Center Lobby Showcase

Artist Talk and Reception • Feb. 9, 6–8 p.m. • Brooks Center Lobby Showcase


Kathleen Thum's exhibition of drawings, paintings, collages and large-scale wall installations abstractly reference pipeline infrastructures to bring awareness and a visual presence of our society's dependence on petroleum.

My drawings, paintings and wall installations investigate the presence of the petroleum infrastructure and the industry’s use of our natural resources. In 2010, I closely watched the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico through the Internet live video streaming of the ocean floor. This image of the pipeline seeping oil clearly presented the earth as an organism suffering from a faulty and altered system. This image of the pipeline has become a constant form that I obsessively render, using the form as a way to abstractly reference the vast and intricate production systems of industrial landscapes. In the work, I examine the ongoing shifting of power between mankind and the earth, and present the intermingling of manufactured man-made systems and biomorphic configurations.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Lobby
141 Jersey Lane, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, USA

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Arts/Entertainment, CVA, Galleries & Showcases


College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities, Art, Centers and Institutes, Center for Visual Arts - CVA

Target Audience

General Public, Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, Parents/Guests, Undergraduate, Graduate, All Audiences




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