Little pink bush

Taylor, Sarah and Paul, Lewis (2017) Little pink bush. [Show/Exhibition]

Abstract

The output is a short film about gender, colour and place. Dr Sarah Taylor collaborated with fellow artist, Dr Lewis Paul. In addition to the conception of the film, Dr Taylor contributed to the process of retracing & remaking Burris-Meyer’s lost colour charts. The film charts the lost world of Elizabeth Burris-Meyer, the American colour theorist, who has been written out of the colour history of Art & Art and design. Research Process: The aims of the research set out to investigate possible narrative intersections between film, fine art and painting histories and processes. The project explores how extant historical colour samples, charts and concepts developed in the 1940s by American colour theorist Elizabeth Burris-Meyer might be contextually re-evaluated. The method included collating Burris’ rare surviving colour books and returning them to where Burris lived and worked. Taylor and Paul took Burris with them on a journey back to the light of Connecticut, USA to explore the complexity of her colour fields. The film gathers the remnants of Burris-Meyer’s surviving work and reveals how wondrous this colour work is. Research Insights: The film generates new insights and contexts around historical gendered art and design references, and hierarchies of theoretical contexts of colour, celebrating the importance of female colourists against the canon of male dominance in painting. The research frames aesthetic hierarchies between concepts of art and concepts of domestic design within the evolution of gendered notions of colour. Dissemination: The film has been disseminated in the UK and USA: Making…making research, Studio Theatre, Leeds Arts University. 26 October – 6 November 2017. BAG Open 33, Café Gallery, London. 18 November - 11 December 2017. Outpost, Shortwave, London. 21 May – 15 June 2018. Little Pink Bush Drive Through Movie, Gaylordsville, Connecticut, USA. 15 May – 19 May 2019.

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