It's Complicated

Judith Ornstein

I was born in Newark, NJ, I received my MFA from Yale University and a BA from PCA. I have had several solo shows at Willard Gallery, Vibeke Levy Fine Art and Cirrus Gallery. In 2019 I was in group shows at Arc Gallery (Chicago) and Artroom (Fort Worth), have been in group shows at Baskerville & Watson, Terry Dintenfas, H. F. Manes Gallery, Antoinette Torrens Gallery and others. I received 2 NEA Grants, a Creative Arts Public Service Award, Tiffany Foundation Award and Ford Foundation Grant. I am in several museum collections including Albright-Knox Museum, Vassar College Museum and the Cooper Hewitt.

Working with organic forms in a bright color pallet I hope to access the invisible and create harmony between eye/mind/spirit. Pushing my art into new terrain to create a language that is abstract and uplifting. My drawings are stream of consciousness, an extension of thinking, referencing cellular, cosmic and human forms. Networks of marks morph into the swells and inlets of the primordial soup. All an index of moves, teeming with detail and familiar shapes. They are deliberately ambiguous to make subliminal connections. Hopefully, my work is playful, vibrant and offering spatial jokes that speak to the impluse for making art.