90 Miles of Blue is a two part installation included in the group exhibition, "Blue", at Lowe Mill in Huntsville, Alabama. It was on view from September 1st through October 30th, 2017.
While making this work, I was considering the color blue both as metaphor and reality. As metaphor, the blue of distance is about looking for the future through space and time. Having that future unknowable but none the less desirable. This blue of distance represents my deepest self, my desire to be known by others. As reality, I actually perceive the blue of distance through light and space. It is about presence, actually being present. Here and now. Reflecting on how I was once looking in this direction, but now I am here, with all of the collective experience of that journey. In 90 Miles of Blue, the thing that happens is the blue of distance can become a place. A location. The residue of blue, the attaching, the marking by something else, this location making, reminds me of how people and things spread out over place and time and how our relationships overlap and become more rich and nuanced. We are here and now, together, in this place, the accumulated blues of distant pasts.
The exhibition was conceived of and curated by Karen Graffeo. The underlying concept was based on the idea of the blue of distance as put forth by Rebecca Solnit in A Field Guid to Getting Lost.