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Year In Color: 2012 Lunar Phases
This work seeks to render an abstract concept (time and its measurement) visual and literal. Since 2011, I have been creating a small painting for each day using a complex color that has been made by mixing a simple set of primary pigments and white. The practice is an attempt to translate and capture the day’s experiences, activities, and moods with a single color.
These works are then assembled into a large installation that chronicles the past year. With varying annual rules and limitations for each year’s paintings, I am exploring the interplay between structure, intent, and chance to create a record of time – that is both a narrative and a history.
For 2012, using the same color process established in 2011, I set the personal color chronicling against the universal by also tracking the daily phases of the moon. I divided each day’s panel into a color according to the percentage of the moon that was illuminated and a mixture of blacks depicting the percentage of the moon in shadow.
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