This Is A Long Distance Call – sidewalk reception Sunday, Oct. 27


front view of "This Is A Long Distance Call"My newest installation in the City of Somerville:

This Is A Long Distance Call.

Join us for a sidewalk reception, Sunday, Oct. 27.

Gather by 2pm on Highland Ave by Vinal Ave to join Mayor Joe Curtatone as he kicks off a roving reception touring from phone box to phone box, where each participating artist will be on hand with refreshments.  The Phone Art Box Project is a joint venture of the City of Somerville and the Nave Gallery.


While finishing the installation of this piece, I had a conversation with a four-year old who happened by.

“What’s this?” he asked, pointing to a cow.

I told him and then asked, “Did you know that Somerville used to have lots of cows? Somerville used to be mostly farms, and there were cows all over the place. They used to be really important here.”

“I went to a farm once!” His eyes were wide while he asked his grownup if she had seen cows here.

I created the installation referencing color pencil sketches I made on residency in Wyoming. The phone lines across the countryside felt to me like Ariadne’s thread, connecting me and my life in large cities cities, to another world, intertwined, and yet too, separate. We have to remember how farms and farmers, cities and technology– we’re all interdependent and interconnected.

Someday soon, the phone lines may go away as we switch to mobile technology. Already the idea of a “pay-phone” is all but meaningless.

This piece is a scrap-book of sorts, connecting far away places and times. This is a long distance call.