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visual artist and writer marisol diaz

i am a self-defined Nuyorican creative (that is a Puerto Rican who is from both the isles of Manhattan, NYC and the Caribbean). I share daily in the joy of education and live in a cute port town in New York, in a 'teensy-weensy' apartment with my two dogs and canary named Valentino. Check out my Etsy shop for purchasable pieces. Please do not reproduce imagery off of this site without explicit credit and no derivatives may be made of my original imagery- Thank You.

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On the Absence of Color


My White Bedroom Wall

I thought a good follow-up to my chaotic desk would be this image. The absence of color is often soothing to me and brings a fresh start to my palette. Silence is such an important tool in processing and listening to information. I think in the art world the equivalent is the colorless plane. The stretched white canvas or the fresh sheet of sketchbook paper ready to be marked. I guess it doesn't hurt that I have a fourteen year old white dog within whom I can see the universe.

There is also a weird relationship between a colorless environment and why so many of us love hotel rooms - something about the neutral space. My studio however is an over stimulating eye-popping hot-pink, lime, eggplant purple space that can only generate madness (which I of course associate with my particular brand of creativity). My bedroom on the other hand, needs to function as a space to foster meditation and peacefulness - hence whites and beige. Some of my art students unknowingly get caught up in this same 'to color or not to color' question and ask, "do we HAVE to add color? Color is going to ruin it!!" Then there is the other group of students who say "Are we going to get to add color to these, because the value-only drawings aren't as fun." Interesting isn't it? Learning to quiet our minds from all the visual noise is a challenge.

Now a moment in defense of a color. Buy the book Color by Victoria Finlay images.jpegand discover an amazing history and origin of every major color we engage with as creatives.

Reader Comments (2)

Hola Marisol! (Mar y Sol :)
Congratulations on your blog!
I am enjoying it all!
(And thank you so much for visiting mine!)
See you later!
Elsita :)

February 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterElsita

well...in my painting I have always thought of the presence of all color to be black (even though this goes against the scientific grain) I load my black with all of the colors I have around because for me, from the country, black is hope, night, presence and possibility,...not the scary, what lurks behind that corner kind of dark I have come to learn in the urban recesses of my most recent existence. thank-you mar-y-sol for celebrating color and quiet. ad thanks for listening, hasta pronto!

February 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstain boy...heh heh

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