Honors Scholars Collaborative Projects

Publication Date

Spring 4-25-2022


For me, color is innately connected to emotion -- even as children we inherently understand the connection between simple emotions and colors, such as yellow with happiness or blue with sadness. With my exhibition, I wanted to ask the question of whether the color yellow elicits emotional response from the viewer. I created six abstract paintings that centered around the color yellow in order to explore that specific color’s emotional ties. I wanted this exhibition to simply propose a new idea for viewers to think about. I learned that I was not possibly going to elicit the broad spectrum of emotions I myself feel in response to yellow, but that is part of the beauty of the exploration. I believe an artist’s job is to put art into the world that explores new ideas, so with my exhibition I explored the color yellow through the lens of color psychology. My works did not lead to any breakthrough discovery about how emotion is tied to the color yellow, but rather I learned a lot about my personal connection to color and how the emotionality of color is a fluid concept that is different from person to person and for different pieces of art.

Faculty Advisor

Dan Johnson

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Included in

Painting Commons