Portsmouth, lying between a river and the sea, is an ideal place to celebrate this tale.
Life beneath the surface is a long, evolving theme of Pfaff's. Here, for the first time, she includes new exploration of ceramics. Collapsed and twisted, these pots merge with sea life relics as exposed marine sedimentary layers similar to the palimpsest play in her printworks.
Water is changing our world. Sea levels are rising; artic lakes are vanishing. This upwelling of ancient history and covert creatures also stokes joy and curiosity. While the front gallery displays undersea emergence, the middle gallery invites emotional immersion served up and brightly lit with ingenious imagination. The rear gallery teases with secrets. Here, above sea level, there are hints of glaciers and things that float, bleached by the sun or frozen and preserved.
Judy Pfaff invites us see to Mare Nostrum, our shared sea.
Wood, wire, papier-mâché, acrylic and oil
108 x39 x 19 inches