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Shadows and Reflections
We view the effects of light more than we view light itself. I am influenced and inspired by the reactions of light in my surrounding environment. I observe the way the light interferes with objects and surfaces, as becomes layered, reflected and distorted through the hindering structures, objects and materials in a space. I am intrigued by the way every shadow, reflection and refraction is different due to the specific light source, creating a unique form, which will often never be repeated in the same way. Light allows ordinary surfaces to be coated with impermanent patterns and colours bringing a space to life.
Interfering with Light
Light is used to transform the appearance and atmosphere of our surroundings, to change and refresh our perception of a space. I intervene with natural and artificial light sources to temporarily re-imagine a space without altering its physical fabrication. Immersing surfaces and spaces with impermanent distorted shapes, colours and textures.
Shadow & Juxtaposition
After experimenting with the source of light and interfering with it, I wanted to make a range of installations where the shadows become the main feature. Merging colours together through their shadows to create a soft transformation between layers of light. The close up juxtapositions of the different elements of my work become an important part for me to photograph. It combines all the different elements of an installation, becoming a record of materials, colours, lines and shapes of my work and experiments. The images extract and obscure the layers of materials from their true identity.
Transparencies & Reflections
I have been influenced by the way light passes through transparent materials often revealing hidden patterns, bumps and lines which are not visible to the eye but display aesthetically impermanent lines and markings into its surrounding space. Anything that sits on a transparent surface is reflected, shadowed or refracted, I have experimented with this idea and through photography and installation.
Through numerous experiments, I used a range of different transparent objects/materials to understand how light and colour gets distorted. The shadows of the materials merge together and create a flow of luminous colour and delicate patterns into the surrounding spaces, the original shapes, edges and outlines of the materials are lost but their soul content escapes as a light form.
Colour psychology Colour Theory Transformation Colour
When we perceive colour, we are absorbing its qualities through all of our senses. This has been recognised and is used in alternative medicine as a healing process; there are many different healing methods that use colour. In chromatherapy, patients are normally asked to bathe under coloured light, or meditate to a particular colour. This process is used to influence and exercise different parts of the body and helps balance out energy levels. It affects the emotional, spiritual, physical and mental levels of the human body. Each colour holds a different quality, and we donâ€™t have to physically see the colour to experience its affects. Our bodies absorb the light, Steven Bachelor wrote in Therory and use of Contemorary Colour that when blind patients were placed in a green room, their blood vessels dilated in the same way and same degree as sighted patients. There are four psychological primary colours - red, blue, yellow and green. They relate respectively to the body, the mind, the emotions and the essential balance between these three. Colour is Nature's own powerful signalling system - the universal, non-verbal language. Scientifically, it is the first thing we register when we are assessing anything. The colours of our environment both in exteriors and interiors affect our behaviour and mood. When yellow daffodils, bluebells and colourful crocuses appear, we immediately begin to feel livelier; when grey skies and rain surround us we instinctively draw in and tend to hibernate. There is no such thing as a universally attractive colour. Red, for example, might be your favourite colour but another person might hate it.
digital sketch of installation
The basic psychological properties of the eleven basic colours are universal, regardless of which particular shade, tone or tint of it you are using. Each of them has potentially positive or negative psychological effects on or moods. The right yellow will lift our spirits and our self-esteem; it is the colour of confidence and optimism. However too much of it, or the wrong tone in relation to the other tones in a colour scheme, can cause self-esteem to plummet, giving rise to fear and anxiety. Our "yellow streak" can surface. It is important to have a balance of every colour to benefit our moods in the right way. In my work, I have started by applying the bold and bright hues of all the colours within an installation. The colours used within my installations depend on the context in which theyâ€™re applied to, as every environment is different and requires different moods in spaces. For example, the entrance to a corporate building is used both by employees and by visitors. The space needs to be a place to uplift, motivate, stimulate those starting their day, whilst still be calming and relaxing for those who are visiting. The next few pages are the digital sketches of the development in colours as installation/sculpture, which I have produced for different spaces/environments along side other print ideas with colour. As a starting point for my installations, i wanted to start at the beginning by using every colour, as it gives the viewer the benifit and balance of each one.
Transfomation of Colour
mixture of colours through shadows
In past work I have explored the theory and perception of colour, light exposes us to the life and soul of colours. The images on the right page where an experiment of recreating colour harmonies through alternative methods of colour mixing. As an installation I want artwork to create the mixture ofcolours through its shadow.
Response to colour reseacrh project