The Blue of Distance, new work for Ex Libris show Feb 2014
The Blue of Distance, new work for Ex Libris show Feb 2014

Siolo Thompson is curating a show entitled Ex-Libris: 100 artists, 100 books for the Association of Writers & Publishers conference to be held in Seattle in February.  Needless to say, I love the idea for this show.

Each of the 100 participating artists chooses a book and re-imagines the book cover or imagines an illustration for a character, theme, idea in the book.   I chose one of my favorite books, from one of my top fave authors, A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit, and specifically the two chapters that deal with The Blue of Distance.  Here is a snippet from the book:

The world is blue at its edges and in its depths. This blue is the light that got lost. Light at the blue end of the spectrum does not travel the whole distance from the sun to us.  It disperses among the molecules of the air, it scatters in water. Water is colorless, shallow water appears to be the color of whatever lies underneath it, but deep water is full of this scattered light, the purer the water the deeper the blue. The sky is blue for the same reason, but the blue at the horizon, the blue of land that seems to be dissolving into the sky, is a deeper, dreamier, melancholy blue, the blue at the farthest reaches of the places where you see for miles, the blue of distance.  This light that does not touch us, does not travel the whole distance, the light that gets lost, gives us the beauty of the world, so much of which is in the color blue.

The show Ex-Libris: 100 Artists, 100 Books will open in February 2014, at Axis in Pioneer Square.  Stay tuned for more details and Happy New Year!