Kathamann has been active in New Mexico’s art community over thirty years exhibiting in juried, group and one-person shows. She received her B.A. in Visual Arts, cum laude, at the College of Santa Fe. She has also studied with Helen Frankenthaler, John Chamberlain, and Beverly Pepper at the Santa Fe Art Institute. Jorge Fick, noted modern painter, was her painting mentor. Mishell Karma Gaia, a 1973 Karmann Ghia, became an art car by Kathamann and was inducted into the Houston Art Car Museum in 2007 after winning first place in Houston’s Art Car Parade in 2002 and 2007. Photos of Mishell have appeared in numerous publications including Raw Vision, the world’s leading journal of outsider art and The People’s Paper of Beijing. The Hollywood film, “MacGruber” included a large red sculpture by Kathamann


I am an artist because I feel compelled to express myself in non-verbal abstract languages. Along with traditional media, I incorporate contemporary materials: Styrofoam, Mylar, Air-filled Packing Pillows. My practice is an activity of my daily life. After forty years I embrace the activity as poetry.

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Helen Frankenthaler, 1990 John Chamberlain, 1994, scholarship Beverly Pepper, 1994, scholarship. I felt validated being selected for Frankenthaler’s workshop, as I had submitted slides of large poured abstractions. I began a ten-year project of goddess figures out of natural material in Chamberlain’s sessions, as well as an installation piece of 23 VW doors. Pepper encouraged me to submit slides to a Sculpture registry at MOMA.

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