Color of Kindness Project
In the Color of Kindness Project, Anne Beffel responds to neighbors' and strangers' answers to the question, "What is the color of kindness?"
Focusing upon color and gesture, Beffel interprets the free associations of people as they move between language and visual imagination. In the process, she realizes the power of words to connect beings to one another and our world, and the failure of language to embody the phenomena of color.
Beffel draws her palettes from the flora in her neighborhood, as well as vast land and sea scapes. Working en plein air while exploring abstraction, she integrates painting with the relational practices of activating social spaces and interactions. Throughout the painting project, she grows to better know her neighbors and produces close to 100 panels with oil. The result is a new, hybrid form: painting as social practice.
Color of Kindness Exhibition, Fall 2012. Finlandia University, Hancock, Michigan.
Project Funded By:
Finlandia University, Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts