"Elephant" (1995)

"Elephant," 1995
Birch tree, fiberglass resin, steel, woven copper wire, duct tubing, plant materials, and water, approximately 50 x 50 x 50 feet. Installation view: Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts.
© Judy Pfaff

"The trouble with naming anything . . . I called a piece once ‘Elephant’, from the story where there are seven blind men and they’re trying to describe what they’re touching and everyone has a different idea- it’s a tree, it’s a snake, it’s a this, it’s a that, it’s soft, it’s hard . . . So the piece was called ‘Elephant’ and everybody kept saying, ‘Where’s the elephant?’ It’s like, ‘Oh geez.' So you can’t name anything anything."

- Judy Pfaff