In November 2016, I was artist-in-residence at the Icelandic Textile Centre in Blönduós, Iceland. Blönduós is a small town in northwestern Iceland where the glacial river Blanda meets the Arctic Sea.
I C E L A N D :: blue is the story of chasing down an elusive blue I had seen in a photograph of Iceland. This blue represented everything I wanted–being still, frozen, and pure. I had never been to Iceland and I had never been that far north in my life. I not only found the blue I was searching for, right in the studio one morning, but many other rich and deep soul-fulfilling blues. This show is my love affair with this family of blue hues I now collectively call Iceland blue: streaming into my studio in the long sunrise, in the underwater lights at a community swimming pool, in a window in a house as I walked in one night in Akureryi, and in the first snow and ice.
“Suppose I were to start by saying I have fallen in love with a color…”
Maggie Nelson, Bluets
WALL 1: LAND ROCK MOUNTAIN
WALL 2: OCEAN SEA
WALL 3: TEXTILES and LIGHT
WALL 4: VIEWS FROM THE BUS