ARTIST STATEMENT: STATEMENT
I am an abstract artist whose imagery melds poetic impulse with networks of line and form. Using organic forms and a bright color pallet I seek to distill blocks of emotion and complex experiences into the closely observed spacial fragments. Networks of marks morph into the swells, inlets and an index of moves, teeming with detail and familiar shapes. I weave a wide range of references including cartoons, molecules and biological forms. My drawings are stream of consciousness and their process takes a whole body approach as I delve into the details. Color works directly on our emotional core. My off-kiter color blocks are put together in a tangled space as a kind of improvisational universe. I create kaleidoscopic effects that evoke a vibrant interior realm and represents the reciprocity between space and mind. I freely use surprising and abrupt transitions. I want to make a compelling pictorial event that would be an amalgamation of my sympathies and influences.
Judith Ornstein was born in Newark, NJ and received her MFA from Yale School of Art in 1975. Her first show in was a 2 person show with Susan Rothenberg. That same year she had a one person show at Willard Gallery. Judith was on the cover of the Paris Review in Dec. of 1977. She is the recipient of 2 National Endowment of the Arts in 1983 and 1979, Tiffany Foundation Award, Creative Arts Public Service Award and a Ford Foundation Grant. She has had several solo exhibitions at Willard Gallery NYC and Vibeke Levy NYC and has been included in group shows at Baskerville & Watson, H.F. Manes Gallery, Antoinette Torrens Gallery, Amos Eno Gallery and more. Her work is represented in various museum and private collections including the Albright Knox Museum, Vassar College Museum and the Cooper Hewitt Museum. Her current work is informed by an emphasises on the counter balancing of contrasting elements. Judith has been written about in Artforum, Arts Magazine, The Los Angeles Times,GQ and The Village Voice. Judith lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.