Musings on pinkPosted: November 22, 2013
Pink is an unusual colour in the art world. Unlike most other colours, it has had no distinct period in art history, meaning it is still rather a new phenomenon. It is neither a high nor low culture colour and stretches across many emotional and visual plateau’s. It can be seen as the colour of daintiness and purity, but also as a visceral, sexual colour. It has gone through many revolutions throughout it’s existence. Once considered a colour for baby girls, it was denied by feminists as lacking strength. Nowadays, feminists use the colour pink as a statement: femme isn’t frail.
One of the first definitive uses of the colour pink in modern culture was with the introduction of the shade ‘shocking pink’ by designer Elsa Schiaparelli. The shade had a vibrancy and a strength to it that, literally, shocked the public at the time. There had never, and still has never, been a time in culture where pink was more relevant..
As Audrey Hepburn once stated, “I believe in pink.”