Instead of taking paper to her life drawing group at Argos Studio Gallery, Santa Fe sculptor Kathamann has been bringing empty 32-ounce sparkling water bottles. Using a Sharpie, she’s been covering them with images of the male and female models who pose for the artists.
Kathamann has taken dozens of bottles she’s accumulated, tied them together and hung them in Axle Contemporary’s mobile van for her new show “Physical,” which opens in front of the New Mexico Museum of Art on March 3.
“I didn’t start drawing on the bottles thinking I would create an installation with them,” explains Kathamann, who put four or five figures on each one. “It was fun to play with the bottles and draw on their round shapes. I like the translucent quality of the plastic.”
Images of human figures also cover several large and small air pillows that Kathamann has hung from the van’s ceiling.
Creating unusual sculptures is one of Kathamann’s passions. More than a decade ago she took a 1973 Karmann Ghia and enveloped it in seashells. A cylinder, with a shell basket draped over it, was welded on the roof. “Mishell Karma Gaia” was the First Place Winner at the 2002 and 2007 Orange Show Art Car Parade in Houston, Texas.
Four years ago Kathamann stuffed Axle’s van with pieces of all kinds of metal-automobile fenders and hoods, hot water heaters, appliances, pipes and cabinets-for her show “Metal Jam.”
“I really enjoy accumulating all kinds of materials and making things out of them that are fun, fresh and new,” she adds.