Color of Kindness Project
(2013 - present)
Currently installed at the University of Iowa Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.
In the Color of Kindness Project, Anne Beffel responds to neighbors' and strangers' answers to the question, "What color comes to mind when you think of kindness?"
Focusing on 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 fully embody the phenomena of color.
Beffel draws her palettes from the flora in her neighborhood, as well as vast land and seascapes. 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 others and has produced close to 100 panels with oil pastels on Gessobord. The result is a new, hybrid form: painting as social practice. The experiences and stories generated by the project are at least as important and the panels themselves. Read a short story here.
Color of Kindness was exhibited at Finlandia University, Hancock, Michigan in 2012.
Project Funded By:
Finlandia University, Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts and supported by University of Iowa Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Michigan Technological University (MTU) College of Sciences and Art, Department of Visual and Performing Arts. Special thanks to Travis Pierce, MTU Chief Housing Officer and Director, for his support of Studio Here and Now, a place for public art and artists.