Counting in Colour 2015
Counting in Colour is a 9 metre long light box with thousands of coloured cocktail sticks attached to its top. In between each coloured pick is an opaque wooden pick that enables us to see the different colours individually, contrasting the coloured light against its dark neighbour. The result is a seemingly endless arrangements, as precise as it can be but impossible to take in with one look because if you’re far enough away to see it all, you lose sight of the individual coloured picks.
The work is an attempt to reveal a hidden aesthetic but also to impose an order that implies spectral analysis or maybe a bar code or some other form of automated reading. The seemingly random pattern implies a rational language that might only be read by a machine. By making this mix of chosen and un-chosen colour and dark, an endless column of colour emerges that stretches as far as it can. It is potentially endless. They are a reference to our need for order in a world that readily accepts the banal.