ARTIST JUDY PFAFF
Title: aq’ua vi’tae, 1994
Medium: Steel, glass, stainless cable, woven cloth (steel, copper), automobile lacquer
Location: East Atrium Miami Beach Convention Center, Entrance Wash. Ave. and 19th St.
Judy Pfaff, born in London, received her MFA from Yale University. She has been actively exhibiting in this country and abroad and has achieved an international reputation as an artist of originality and importance. Her work is included in the permanent collections of many museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Albright-Knox Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum and the Detroit of Institute of Art. She has received a number of important grants, including the Guggenheim Fellowship, two awards for sculpture from the National Endowment for the Arts and just recently a MacArthur Genius Fellowship.
Her abstract sculpture, aq’ua vi’tae (water of life), evokes the essential nature of Miami, its weather and its water. The clusters of wire and metal mess, the think metal tubing with which the artist draws in the air, the hand-blown shapes of colored glass, all suggest currents of water or of air, and the movements of light, clouds, sun and rain.