“The reason why the stone is red is its iron content, which is also why our blood is red.“
– Andy Goldsworthy
After watching the documentary Rivers & Tides (over and over) about land artist and wise person Andy Goldsworthy, I am completely taken by him and his work.
One of the things that caught my attention in the documentary (which I can't recommend highly enough – trailer here) is the way he talks about the colour red.
Red is a colour that I didn't pay much attention to until the year 2001 when out of the blue (haha) I wanted to wear red for the first time. It was so weird! I wore these ugly uncomfortable red pants almost daily until they were in tatters. This unusual compulsion came at a time of turmoil and transition. In particular, it was a time when I needed to move beyond limiting ideas I had about myself and learn to be more authentic.
The colour red was part of my transformation and growth. To this day I almost always have the urge to recklessly add red accents into my compositions at the end of the process, if I haven't already.