Braun’s process emphasizes her position as a “quantum amplifier.” Utilizing three simple rules to make her drawings – Symmetry, Abstraction and Carbon Medium – she is intent on capturing the possibilities and probabilities of the quantum realm, where everything is in free fall until it is caught…by a viewer, or the artist.
Accordingly, Braun initiates her drawing with abstract lines, free of definitive form. The abstraction is then mirrored to achieve symmetry, becoming precise and orderly. Braun chooses carbon mediums, graphite and charcoal, because these limited materials offer infinite gradations of light and dark. She is also attracted to carbon’s crystalline molecular structure, which under the right conditions can become a diamond. Braun explains, “Working within constraints prompts a proliferation of possibilities that self-organize into groups and subgroups, from which I then choose some to render carefully by hand, with diamond dust.” – Joe Sheftel
“Without Pleasure All We’d Have Is a Bunch of Stuff Vibrating”
Produced from installation of Diamond Dust at the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk VA, 2012 watch video http://judithannbraun.com/462254/video/