Transference 2016 “Color is a power which directly influences the soul.” Wassily Kandinsky Color can influence a person’s mood or temperaments. We see evidence of this as far back as seventeen ninety-eight when Goethe showed in his Temperamenten-Rose that matched twelve colors to human character traits, then further grouped the colors into four temperaments: choleric, sanguine, phlegmatic, and melancholic. I am interested in the effect color has on a person, and how it is not always the same. For example, when women are seen wearing red by men, it’s reported that they seem more attractive, but this is not the case when women see a man in red. Inspired by the abstract color field painters of the nineteen-forties and nineteen-fifties, I landed on my current project, Transference. The work is influenced by Mark Rothko’s paintings, such as his work titled No 14. I’m attempting to do what the color field painters accomplished using a photographic process. I call this transference because I want the photographs to evoke an emotional response by the viewer when they see it. The color is transferred to film, the film transferred to ink, light reflects off the ink transferring the image to your eye.

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