Since the early 1990's I have been investigating and working with the process of mark making and abstraction. I have explored the surface of canvas and paper through various processes: sewing, burning, and pouring. Mark making -- using everyday elements like hot plates, irons, and charcoal lighters -- keeps the dialogue of abstraction open and exploratory.

My work focuses on the relationship between organic image and process. Burning holes into the surface of paper and canvas, marks an intervention. Each burn becomes a metaphor for destruction and wounds. A physical cut into the fabric of painting. Marking time, marking hurt, marking our existence and our journey.


Kathleen Kucka's paintings are the synthesis of an attentive, patient, and carefully calculated juxtaposition of different color fabrics with canvas pierced through with burns. The artist performs a burn intervention into the canvas, carefully controlling the size and shape of each burn.

The exciting result is a vibrant motion that pulls the viewer into the surface of the painting with an almost hypnotic effect.

The size and organic shape of the burns creates compositions that, even when responding to geometrical patterns, maintain a naturally random effect. The images are in constant movement with a transformation that goes beyond the pure enjoyment of the canvas. Like “Cuts” by Lucio Fontana, destruction and creation are bound together in these works.

The burns negates the canvas as a solely pictorial vehicle while introducing three-dimensionality into an otherwise two-dimensional surface.