White by Kenya Hara

Quotes taken from White by Kenya Hara

‘Is white a colour? It is like a colour, yet at the same time we can also conceive of it as a noncolour. What then, we must ask, is colour in the first place?’

‘Things like the rich golden yellow of the yolk from a broken egg, of the colour of tea brimming in a teacup, are not merely colours; rather they are perceived at a deeper level through their texture and their taste, attributes inherent in their material nature.’

‘Colours do not exist separately and independently within nature; they are constantly shifting in response to subtle gradations of light. It is language that, magnificently gives them clear shape’

‘We absorb the rightness of those linguistic choices at the emotional level.’

‘The way in which hues are perceived and savoured is stored within a given culture under the rubic of “traditional colours.’

‘When we try to imagine colour, it may be necessary to erase from our minds all pre-established categories and return to a blank slate.’

‘But what if such parameters did not exist, and the words we had to describe colour were far fewer? Would we see colour the same way we do in today’s world?’

‘The names of colours function like a thread attached to a frightfully slender needle, capable of stitching together our most delicate emotions.’


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Graduate of MA Graphic Design at London College of Communication

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