Ornstein is an artist known for her abstract imagery and use of unusual materials. She graduated with an MFA from Yale. She’s had solo shows at Willard Gallery, Vibeke Levy Fine Art, 718 Gallery, Cirrus Gallery (curated by Richard Armstrong), and Douglas College Art Gallery. Judith has been included in group shows at Willard Gallery, The Hall BK (Exchanging Visions), Baskerville & Watson, H.F. Manes Gallery, Antoinette Torrens Gallery, Amos Eno Gallery, Kavanaugh Gallery, BWAC Gallery NYC WeCreate, Revelation Gallery and more. She has extensive interviews in Art Reveal and Alkali Art Magazines (2021). Her work has been on the cover of the Paris Review and reviewed in Artforum, Arts Magazine, LA Times, GQ, Village Voice, Vast Art, and more. She received 2 NEAs, Tiffany Foundation Award, Creative Arts Public Service Award, and Ford Foundation Grant, EcoArt blog. Her work is represented in Albright Knox Museum, Vassar College Museum, Cooper Hewitt, and more.
I’m an abstract artist whose imagery melds poetic impulse with networks of shapes.
I use various kinds of honeycomb corrugate, a material that imbues my work with the conflict of permanence and impermanence. This humble material brings up issues of what gives art value. My work is created in a tangled space as a kind of improvisational universe. Their presence is between structure and debris and lives as a sign of cultural excess. The work hovers between 2 and 3 dimensions. The throwaway quality of cardboard reflects an almost organic life span. Without a color pallet, the shapes combine into a language-dependent on position, shape, and surface. Shapes without a beginning or an end (circles/ovals) intrigue me the most. They represent celestial and feminine cyclic movements and awakenings. Sustainability is also a message. Making art is a working process, every day, that engulfs my whole being. The work itself takes you places, suddenly and without reason. I delight in the things I do not plan.