Shape of Water Juror Statements

Linda Okazaki

"Winter in the Port" captured my first impressions of moving to Port Townsend in 1980. The fierce wind muscled the water over the edges of the dock as I headed to the boat with the harbor dog. My ideas were full of hope for an undefined future, seduced by being close to the water once again. I felt optimistic even during the drama of unrelenting winter winds.

“The Shape of Water” exhibition is a mutable, reflective source of artistic interpretations of water through image, word, song and film. Fifty-nine artists and poets revealed our common yet diverse responses to living in a place surrounded by water. "The Shape of Water II", archived here includes selected paintings from the Jefferson County Historical Museum collection marking the long history of art in this community.

The Northwest Maritime Center showcased this exhibit with the wide open view of the Salish Sea, reflective light of the sky, and regular water traffic which often resonated with the narrative imagery and poetry inside.

Counsel Langley


Growing up on the waterfront and raised by folks deeply involved in maritime industries I have had ample opportunity to observe the physical properties of water; how it flows mixes, and shapes the land around it and the creatures within it. I am moved by its beauty, tumultuous changeability and inexorable drive to go somewhere. As well as, our human need to be near it. In selecting works for the Shape of Water exhibition I sought pieces in which the artist used specific and unique expressions of the formal qualities of water, the "shape of water," as well as, work that looks at how living by the water shapes culture and our behavior.