Blue is the hue in clothes of sobriety, the equivalent on the color wheel of moderation, temperance, and custody of the eyes, according to Alexander Theroux anyways. Doesn’t it in its force also lend authority to empires? Police? Guards in general? Even in it’s traditional symbol for males.
The color evokes uniformity worn by members of the police, emergency services, security guard’s, student’s in schools and by inmates in prisons, medical professionals, political officials, domestic workers, and your neighborhood gas station attendant.
Blue can evokes tranquility, peaceful in its representation. Blue floats, signaling oxygen and water for life with echoing layers of darkness that deepens the blueness in flames.
The blueness of our atmosphere and our uniforms, re-affirms feelings of being a part of and a part from society.
In its duty we manipulate blue to intellectualize and rationalize our lives. Incidentally, indigo blue is the preferred color for shirts and pants in nineteenth century America. It carried representation, assimilation, and westernization.
It gave America the wardrobe of reliability and belonging while holding the heaviness of depression and separation. We already know that blue is the hardest color to hold on to, yet it’s authority still holds it’s “true colors”.
On July 28th at PØST LOS ANGELES, I wore my blue gas station uniform, while hand washing 2 pairs of my blue work jeans and 3 chevron uniform shirts worn by my sister, father and I for years. Family laundry was washed with a mixture of detergent and olive oil soap home-made by family in Lebanon. The 3 shirts are also representatives of the managerial, cashier, and stocking uniform.
During the washing I sang a daughter's lullaby by historical singer Fairuz also present in the video.
Adjacent to the performance is a short film set in a hut on the beach of my families land in El Minye, Lebanon. The two girls are playing family labor roles, emulating their fisherman father. Gathering fish, skinning and gutting the fish, and pounding garlic for a large feast.