Anish Kapoor (1954, Bombay, India) responds to a passage from Van Gogh’s letter about colour.
In the letter from 28 October 1885 Vincent wrote to his brother Theo:
‘COLOUR EXPRESSES SOMETHING IN ITSELF. One can’t do without it; one must make use of it. What looks beautiful, really beautiful – is also right’
Kapoor has a long-standing interest in the intrinsic value of colour. He has developed his own system of colour symbolism and often uses pure pigment powders in his work.
In combination with his ability to blur the boundaries between reality and illusion, this often makes it a very intense experience to look at his work.
When you view the dish straight on, it looks like a deep hole in the wall, a void in which you could lose yourself.