As Above

Judith BRAUN's avatar Judith BRAUN

With my fingers dipped in charcoal I draw on the wall creating patterns of fingerprints. Some are abstractions of flora and foliage, and some evoke light and energy. On one hand they are Burchfield-esque landscapes, on the other they are meditations on touch and underlying structures of our universe. In this technological age, I am celebrating the original digits. There’s a strong correlation between my body, the carbon medium, and the images. I use symmetries on all scales, reflecting my body, as well as the ubiquity of symmetry throughout nature, sometimes drawing with both hands simultaneously in symmetrical gestures. For me the fingerprint is a means of primal expression, because I'm drawing on the wall, and it represents both our uniqueness as individuals, as well as our commonality. I began these walls in 2009, the first being at Artists Space, in New York. Since then I have done 24, including 800 sq. ft drawing for the Graphite show at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, a 600 sq. ft. solo installation at the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA, and others at Palo Alto Art Center, CA, and Bloomberg Philanthropies, NY, as well as internationally in Berlin, Vienna, Brussels, and United Arab Emirates. The images I've submitted for Art Prize show a few of my approaches, from dense landscape, to a simple, reductive image that melts into the wall. Either way, every fingerprint counts and is applied carefully, yet spontaneously, to explore a range of gradations and patterns within these limited means. I call them "Fingerings" because I liken them to both the playing and patterning of music.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth:
  • Medium: Charcoal Fingerprints
  • Width: 32 ft
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 15 ft