Intimacy in Colour Fields
“To love beauty is to see light”
In this project I wish to explore how our relationship with colour may inform us about ourselves.
What emotional responses, inner feelings and sensations are manifested through viewing the interplay of colour, shadow and light. Taking inspiration from Goethes' Colour Theory, which he intended as an experiential source of how colours are perceived and following onto Kandinskys' theories of colour relating to inner resonance, a deeper spiritual relationship with colour.
The artworks have a life of their own, having a translucent yet tactile nature they seem to have light emanating from within, thus enhancing the viewers sense of mystery, inviting us to explore every nuance.
“It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.”
We are pattern forming creatures. When we view an image our brain wants to find a familiar form that we can associate with. Even when looking at something abstract, our mind still searches for something to latch onto, to make sense of, to identify.
However, if we are attentive solely to the colour, gradient and texture, we may bypass the form seeking mind and move inward. In this method we can evoke the psychology of colour and how it affects our emotions.
For example, purple is connected to power, nobility, luxury, wisdom, and spirituality.
Blue may evoke feelings of stability, harmony, peace, calm and trust.
The red colour meaning is associated with excitement, passion, energy, and action.
In colour psychology, orange represents creativity, adventure, enthusiasm, success, and balance.
Growth, fertility, health, and generosity are some of the positive colour meanings for the colour green.
These are not hard and fast rules and our perceptions are open to our personal interpretation through our conditioning and experiences. It is a playful exploration that has subtle layers and nuances, as reflected in the compositions.
So by paying attention to the vibrancy and intimacy of colours and their interaction, a whole world, beyond the apparent, may open up and invite our exploration.
Combining our imagination with somatic experience and sensations reveals new information on our relationship to colour and how it affects our emotional landscape, moods and responses.
Thus colour can be used as a tool, a key to open the doors of perception.
These Painting with Light compositions were created in studio.
No photoshop has been used and only the minimal accepted tuning incorporated.
The images are available 100x150cm, printed on photographic paper and mounted behind matt acrylic glass.
Fading Books, a photographic study of declining reading habits.
Reading for pleasure enriches our lives, much like art, it can provide an escape for the imagination, lift our spirits and take us on a somatic and mental journey.
However since the rise of consumer technology the rates have dramatically fallen.
In a recent survey it was found that the average American spends 170 minutes per day watching T.V, every day of the year.
This is sadly 10 times the amount of time they devote to reading for pleasure.
In addition some 300 minutes are spent on mobile devices and 135 minutes per day on social media. Perhaps some reading is consumed in these activities but the quality is dubious.
Since 2004 reading for pleasure has dropped by 30%
The various benefits of reading are being lost, for when we read, not only are we improving our working memory, but research has shown that it makes us feel better and more positive too, thus improving the quality of our lives.
Science has shown that reading has some incredible health benefits, including helping with depression, cutting stress, and reducing the chances of developing Alzheimer’s later in life.
I was recently visiting my local bookshop and was impressed by the colourful array of books on offer.
The display was enchanting and I began to wonder about a photo project.
To offer a visual reference to the written word through colour and form.
In exploring the vibrancy and shapes on display in the book shop, I found by abstracting the view, another language emanated. An emotive and colour filled vista revealed itself.
As the saying goes…” a picture is worth a thousand words”…somewhat ironic given the subject matter.
In these extraordinary times we are passing through, perhaps we have an opportunity to take a pause from our frenetic lifestyles.
In our everyday lives we are often reliant on external stimuli to inform and influence our thoughts, feelings and actions.
Social distancing and lockdown allows us the time and space to reflect inwards.
Inner Windows presents an invitation to become still and consider images that offer an opening into self reflection.
Both calm and vibrant colours aligned with the geometric shapes invite contemplation where mind activity, and body sensations may be observed with curiosity.
The translucent patterns, shadows and interconnections metaphorically represent how we are all connected, even in solitude we share similar fleeting qualities, emotions and thoughts.
We have an outward personality we present to the world and an inner life that often remains private and hidden even to ones self.
Currently many of us spend extended periods of time inside, confined, perhaps staring out the window.
Inner Windows invites us to peruse our inner worlds and reflect on our emotional landscape and our somatic experience, thus aligning our internal and external worlds.