Judith Ann Braun, arts. “”Symmetrical Procedures,” begun in 2003, is an ongoing series of drawings constrained by four rules: Abstraction, Bilateral Symmetry, Square Format, and Graphite.
Abstraction keeps the images free to be anything, while the symmetry resolves that fluidity into something, like when liquid energy crystallizes. This metaphor is reflected also in the soft carbon medium I use, which under heat and pressure becomes a diamond. I like to think I’m drawing with diamond dust.
Working within constraints actually prompts infinite possibilities and a self-organizing system of groups and subgroups evolves. Within this confluence of the unintentional and the deliberate, I edit and refine the drawings in search of simple poetic articulations that seem both significant and mysterious. To me.
“Fingerings” are done with fingers dipped in charcoal, sometimes using both hands simultaneously to the extent of arms’ reach. In this way they are gestural inscriptions of my body, developing a vocabulary of mark making with these simple means. “