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From the moment Judy Garland fell from the black and white world of Kansas into the technicolour world of Oz, our mass culture has been characterised by brilliant colours. Polly Apfelbaum's work investigates the effect of colours in our built environment. Earlier works, shown on campus in the Mead Gallery in 2004, incorporated hundreds of pieces of velvet, hand-dyed in bold hues and arranged in sprawling configurations that appeared to melt off the wall and form vibrant pools on the gallery floor.
Here, she has blended paints on a wooden surface to create a unique print that close to, extends beyond the 120º visual field of the viewer. The tints are inspired by the rich, deep colours and intense light and shadows of Baroque paintings of the seventeenth century.