While studying color theory I became very interested in how different time periods and cultures are socialized to relate differently to specific colors. I reflected on my own subconscious perceptions of color and I couldn’t understand my negative reactions to specific colors - most notable, to the color orange.

Intrigued by my disgust of the color orange — I made the decision to override my own perceptions by relating to the color in a different way. Could I change my thoughts about orange merely by spending one year with the color, or would the many years of built up negative sentiment prevent such change?

What started as a personal exploration of a color I thought I hated turned into a larger project that examined consciousness and the power of challenging perceptions.

To celebrate one year of this exploration. I created “Orange: Year One” — a group show featuring 10 female artists including photographers, designers, illustrators, painters and floral artists, who:

  1. Had an interesting point of view with regards to how they use color.
  2. Challenge traditional perceptions of their subject matter or medium through their work.

"Orange" by Chloe Jones

Birds of Paradise by Sophie Parker @wifenyc

Illustrations by Blair Breitenstein @blairz

 by Sophie Parker

@wifenyc

"Please" by Stephanie LIfshutz @stephanie_sara_lif

Photographer Suzanne Saroff @hisuzanne

Graphic Artist Catherine Kim @catherinejkim

by Sophie Parker

@wifenyc

by Sophie Parker

@wifenyc
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