KATHALEEN MARIE BARTHA
The defining elements of my work are line, form and movement.
In my observations of 'line' I find infinite possibilities, symbols and patterns.
And In their simplicity, lines are like metaphors guiding me to places where I often find my sense of freedom.
As Kandinksy’s theories state ‘the process always begins with a ‘POINT and LINE, to PLANE.’
I use free hand drawing as a ‘thinking tool’ to generate new graphic relationships and ideas. These drawn relationships are not thought out and planned beforehand ( unlike my architectural practice), but instead I utilise fast, repetitive, improvisation techniques
.... a kind of stream of consciousness.
One line will generate the next line. One group of lines will generate the next group of lines and so on and so on.
What comes before will generate what come next and that next action could be anything chosen in that moment.... something abstract, figurative or maybe surreal.
This process is used to generate sequences of composition to stimulate future drawing work and architectural work.
I am entirely drawn to these minimal shapes and forms that are stripped of colour, but which
are, I hope, still quietly insistent and determined to exist. There’s a void, or gap, between
how the work looks and the drivers that led to it being created. People talk about how
meditative and calm the work feels but I have a great deal of determination and focused
energy when I’m working. I like that there is this tension, even if it isn’t obvious to the
One artist that has a major influence on me is Donald Judd. He described his work as a
“simple expression of complex thought”. This sums up how I feel about my art practice.