An artistic experiment: Artist Judy Pfaff takes unique approach to her art

After over a weeklong process to install the exhibit, Judy Pfaff’s “Somewhere After” will be displayed in the Grossman Gallery in the Williams Visual Arts Building until April 16.

Pfaff has received countless awards, including a MacArthur Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and recently the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center. Now, she is the Grossman Artist in Residence Pfaff is known for her inventive and unique installations, as well as her dedication to bringing them to life in exhibits across the country. She worked hard on creating the exhibit in Grossman for a week, with the finishing touches being applied mere moments before it opened to the public.

With the help of her assistants, Pfaff accumulated a wide variety of materials that she used in the structures that are on display currently in the gallery. She even went as far as to repurpose used materials from past exhibits to create completely new pieces. Some of the large, round plates used in the exhibit depict famous artwork as their central patterns, creating a connection between the older works they depict and the modern art in which they are depicted.

“It was so amazing to see a weeklong installation process come to an end in front of my eyes,” said Liz DiSabatino ’16, a senior art history major who witnessed the exhibit’s installation before it opened to the public. “The artist’s consistent hard work shows in viewing the final show.”

The exhibit contains a wide variety of pieces, each filled with vibrant colors, eye-catching patterns and otherworldly and intricate shapes that bend the mind and astonish the eye. It is truly a spectacular experience to walk about and take each piece in.

With exhibits such as this one, the Lafayette arts campus is fast becoming a more prevalent part of the Lafayette College community culture. The expanding arts campus hopes to

encourage more traffic between both the Lafayette community and the Easton community by displaying and providing art that can transcend boundaries.

Judy Pfaff will be giving a presentation at 4 p.m. on March 15 at the Williams Center for the Arts about her exhibit and artistic path.

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