Judith Citrin


Judith Citrin’s in transit/in trance at/entranced at drawings were inspired by her recent travels in Morocco, and while ostensibly records of the various landscapes there, they are actually more of a record of her own personal merging with the area, or establishing a kind of personal territory.

While on site, she took 35mm slides of the mountains, deserts, vegetation and skies, scenes of grand expansiveness very different from vertical city spaces with walls, which limit vision. Next, in the studio, she divided her drawings in half, on the top half rendering a version of one of the slides in sketchy, fresh colored prismacolor, and in the lower half isolating a detail from that upper view and blowing it up, bringing it closer to the surface.

In contrast to the slides, her drawings are small scale, contained, delicate, and somewhat restricted. For one thing, making that upper-lower division

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