“There is something profoundly personal and intimate about Blue, like an affectionate secret despite its vastness. The right hue of Deep Blue is the closest thing to a portal to something immaterial, imperceivable and endless. Something that can be sensed but not touched. This portal first presented itself to me at the Red Sea during my time living in Saudi Arabia. Since I was a toddler, I would regularly visit Deep Water and swim as far as I could until the sensory world could not reach me — complete silence and stillness, where only slivers of sunlight could find my gaze.
After having to move to Canada, I have been far from the sea and have developed a great fear of Deep Blue and everything it swallows.”
In this exhibition Solem intends to bring visitors to experience a partial deprivation of worldly senses through an immersive installation evoking a world of Deep Blue, akin to the solitude that lies at the bottom of the sea. Between Solem’s contemporary sculptures reminiscent of memories of the sea, light sculptures imitating slivers of sunlight, paired with Patrick Perez’s immersive soundscape of being submerged in the Red Sea, guests are encouraged to find peace in the ominous absence of dimension and sensation of ‘Deep Blue’.