Sara Sosnowy on Deborah Nehmad

BURNS
DOTS
NUMBERS
LETTERS
HOLES
DENSE
LOOSE
RAIN
ACID RAIN
TAR
SMOKE



These are words that come to mind when I look at this drawing by Deborah Nehmad. It is a small drawing, which suits the image perfectly. Drawing by burning. Pyrography. Having never experimented with this process myself, I wonder if the burns can be controlled. I wonder what it smells like.

The drawing is textural – with crevices and holes and charred edges crumbling. It is painterly – with black blobs bleeding ochre, forming tentacles of a jellyfish or points of a starfish. It is celebratory – suggesting fireworks and confetti. Concise and compact, this little drawing is a jewel. It evokes an immediate response from me when I read the words HAPPY 80th WYNN. I then realize that it is a drawing of celebration – a tribute to a friend.

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