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“Are there particular motivations behind your use of the colour pink?”
I think in my case it’s something spontaneous. I’ve always liked pink as a colour, it’s appealing to me so when I started painting was natural for me to use pink. I use it a lot; I have a strong connection with it.
“What do you associate with the colour pink when you apply it to your practice?”
In my practice it’s an important colour. I even wrote an essay on color harmony in which I explained my theory of pink being the most harmonious color. It’s always the color that makes all the other colours come together, it creates a unity and balance within the painting. I even try sometimes to not use it just as a way of trying to create harmony within the canvas in a different way but often it just turns out to be the color missing, the one that I’m trying to find.
“Do you agree that in art the shade pink can be used as a tool to subvert and distort its traditional cultural associatiations?”
I do agree that pink is a color that socially has always related to femininity but that isn’t something that bothers me. I’ve been told many times that my paintings look like a female artist has painted them. In a way, I think it makes sense to me because I do have a feminine side and I guess my paintings show that but at the same time I do think that we shouldn’t create a barrier between gender when we’re talking about pink or any other color. I think the importance is in the way its used more than the color itself. Pink is a beautiful color and everyone should feel free to use it and give it personal significance.