COLOR STORIES

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“It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”

—Jean-Luc Godard

The very word “color” can elicit a multitude of reactions. Especially in these politically charged and sensitive times, it is the context within which sit the visual descriptors and connotative meanings of color that has become hugely important. As a multimedia artist, the context I have chosen to explore color in all its aspects, race and history included, is with these photo/collages ( there are 50+ in the series.) Using the pre-determined vocabulary of color swatches ( plus a very few of my own labels surreptitiously placed) and vintage photographs, I am focusing attention on the inherent biases and personal meanings we bring to our viewing of images; and the experience of seeing very specific colors in relation to the names that are given to them by commercial paint companies. Viewed together, the cumulative effect of the totality of the collages encourages a closer look at the correlation of words, colors and images and aims to provoke reflection and awareness with touches of pathos, irony and wit.

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