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Kathleen Thompson

Kathleen Thompson

Printmaking & Photography

Kathleen Thompson’s work will be on display in THAT’s exhibition at Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ on Saturday, May 1 & Sunday, May 2 from 11 AM to 5 PM.

Kathleen can be contacted at kmewt71@icloud.com

A lifelong Hunterdon County resident, I see, hear and taste beauty in the quotidian. I am a writer and printmaker, currently creating a photographic series exploring the ever-changing sky under which we all exist.

Upward Gaze features the first 101 images of the sky from this year-long project.

Whilst it seems that the sky is limitless and omnipresent, embracing and protecting Earth, it may not always be so. I wonder how many of us take the time to lift our gaze upward to observe the structure and colors of the sky and clouds. Through this work, I wish to preserve the sky as it is now for those who may experience a very different view in the future. 

As I frame each sky shot, I observe the telephone poles, electrical wires and buildings that block or interfere with a truly unobstructed view. As I prepare to snap the image, I breathe in deeply, hold it for a second, take the shot, then exhale. Each composition challenges the surrounding constraints, and the resulting image is free from these manmade structures just outside the frame.

This series is being created using only an iPhone 7. Images are captured across the span of each day and are never manipulated or edited. The very technology being used is one that has become synonymous with people constantly looking down to check an Instagram feed, email, phone call, or, ironically enough, weather conditions. This work is taking that technology and encouraging the viewer to stop, stand in place, inhale and turn one’s face to the sky. 

I offer this work to all who have been separated from Nature during this past year – and continuing time – of social distancing, quarantining and isolation. Art and wonder always exist, even in chaotic and challenging times. One need take only a moment to witness their brilliance.