Image Detail: "Safe Space" - Tamara Osso
Every single day we are bombarded by all sorts of colours, yet we rarely stop to wonder about the influence that this can have on our wellbeing. According to studies, shorter, darker Winter days tend to elicit low mood and drive but on longer, sunnier days we feel cheery and bright, no matter the season. Colour can have an effect on the way we think, feel and even act. It has the ability to bring healing energy, soothe our frazzled nerves, motivate and empower us. In art the healing power of colour is undeniable and far-reaching. Colour (or hue) may be the first creative element an artist chooses and often the most distinctive quality we may notice about their art.
In “Loud Speakers” – despite being so much more than just loud, colourful works – each artist has provided a unique perspective on how environment, identity and perception can be shaped using the medium of colour. The exhibition takes viewers on a visual journey exploring varied manifestations of colour in artistic practice.
“Warm colours like red, yellow and orange evoke higher arousal emotions, such as love, passion, happiness, and anger. Cool colours, like blue, green and purple are linked to
calmness, sadness and indifference. Colours can trigger these arousal states and emotions.” – Clara Vetter