BATHED IN BLUE (Exhibition)
When confronting our preoccupations they can appear as something remote and incomprehensible. This approach makes us distance our emotions and it is within this disconnection with our saddest self that our unrest is able to magnify, eventually overwhelming us.
During Romanticism blue became a symbol for purity, the infinite and the unreachable. These words resonate with the place in ourselves where our low spirits originate. However, through the symbolism of blue, the remote and profound nature of our unrests can be associated with more soothing entities such as the deepness of the sea, the pureness of the sky or the fluidity of water.
This selection of works from the Paintings in Hospitals Collections and emerging London based artists gather different blues or appeal to associations that this colour can arouse such as fluidity, immensity or calm for us to plunge into.
Feeling blue is often related to negative emotions, but the lens through which we view these can be profoundly serene. ‘Bathed in Blue’ proposes an acceptance to our downheartedness, to embrace blue, to fathom our insecurities and to find clarity within ourselves. Blue does not refuse sadness but flows within it. To find and embrace a blue place within ourselves should help us to find peace and understand our emotions, not only the rightest ones.