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Phoebe Boswell

Do We Muse on the Sky or Remember the Sea

Phoebe Boswell (b. 1982, Nairobi, Kenya) lives and works in London, England. Do We Muse on the Sky or Remember the Sea depicts three Black fishermen in intricate charcoal and ink drawings printed onto flat aluminum cutouts, seen from the front and back, creating viewpoints of both presence and absence. The fishermen stand ankle-deep atop a mirrored plinth, returning from an allegorical journey in search of “A New Place” — a place of freedom, dreaming, and creating of future histories. The work extends from Boswell’s ongoing Future Ancestors series; it is a call for memory work and also a call to imagine.

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Major support for the High Line Plinth is provided by Shelley Fox Aarons, Jennifer Allan Soros, Elizabeth Belfer, Suzanne Deal Booth, Fairfax Dorn, Andy and Christine Hall, Hermine Riegerl Heller, J. Tomilson Hill, The Holly Peterson Foundation, Annie Hubbard, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Donald R. Mullen, Jr., Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins, Doug Oliver, Mario J. Palumbo, Jr., Susan Scherr, Susan Viniar, and Anonymous.