Original drawings and text by Judith Sussman

When friends suggested that I capture these surreal times by drawing empty NYC streets, I thought that was too depressing.

Then I got the idea to do these “Diary Drawings” of my experiences and observations living through this pandemic…

PANDEMIC WALKS summarizes the daily walks my friend and I take, often in Soho,  and some of the architecture we got to admire especially in the beginning when there was little traffic or other distractions. But even now my walks with my neighbor are all about interesting discoveries in architecture, murals, street performers, etc.  

Pandemic Walks

CO-OP LIFE is more about the differences in living in a large co-op during a pandemic.

Co-Op Life

SHELTERING IN PLACE is about the initial lockdown and all we had to do, and not do, differently.

Sheltering in Place

DIFFERENTIATING DAYS was in response to so many people asking me what I did all day. And aren’t I bored? (NO!!!)

Differentiating Days

PANDEMIC-INDUCED SELF RELIANCE is all the things we needed to learn to do without our “support system” of housekeepers, handymen, nail salons, trainers, etc.

Pandemic-Induced Self Reliance

UNDER MY WINDOW relates how the protestors affected my neighborhood – and while they were certainly loud, they were peaceful (except for the looters who, for 2-3 days, infiltrated the protests and made them look lawless).

Under My Window


Sheri · August 12, 2022 at 8:25 pm

These are amazing!
They should be in the New Yorker

Carol Renwick · August 13, 2022 at 6:02 pm

These are such excellent drawings, and work so well as a series. Each double page spread is so well laid out. For my eye, just the right amount of information.
Clearly you made the best of your changed circumstances and this is inspiring for me to do likewise. Thank you for recording your experience.

Stephen · August 14, 2022 at 1:51 pm

Judith, I knew you were a talented artist, but the above are even better than what I’ve seen of your work over the years. Cute and clever. Top marks!

Leonie · August 16, 2022 at 6:30 pm

Judith, I didn’t know what to expect when I opened this email. But when I did, I was totally blown
away by your incredible talent (which I knew you had). You deserve to have your drawings put
forward to your local newspaper. Keep drawing.

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