“Being an artist is the only place where I can think clearly and learn what being alive is all about.”
~ Judy Pfaff, in Eric Maisel, Fearless Creating (1995)
This is #MuseumWeek, and we’re playing along by sharing a work of art or behind-the-scenes look at the Museum to accompany each day’s theme!
Monday’s hashtag was #WomenInCulture, and we’re happy to share the work of celebrated artist Judy Pfaff. Pfaff creates a range of complex environments dominated by organic shapes. Allowing improvisation to drive her work towards movement and uniqueness, Pfaff’s travels to India, particularly the colorful, layered patterning of kantha blankets, influenced the palette and composition of this print series from 2017. Image courtesy of Tandem Press.
Curatorial Assistant Lola Clairmont shares her personal experience with the work:
When we first showed the Judy Pfaff to the Collectors’ Circle, it was thrilling to unpack it from its really large crate box. It is really environmental in person. It feels like you could walk straight into it, which is completely in line with Judy Pfaff’s work as an installation artist in creating a whole new world for her viewers.
Judy Pfaff, …wind-deer and the honey-grass…, 2017, woodcut, hand painted dye and ink, archival inkjet, clear plastic film, varied edition of 12, 49 ¼ × 105 inches. 2017 Collectors’ Circle Purchase, 2017.33.01