I am using yellow personally. Sunlight purifies.
I chose green long ago
I like that idea too!!!
I’d go for blue. Symbolizes water, often seen as a renewing, healing, and cleansing element~
I considered that. And I like it as well!
I learned about Yoruba color theory in this African art history class that I took. The prof is Nigerian and he went and worked with these traditional women painters in Akire and they paint with pigment from soil, he calls it the terrochroma technique. The women told him that black is where all the colors come from because when you burn different metals you can see different colored sparks, sorta like firework. In the end you end up with black. In western color theory white is where all colors come from, but the women painters of Akire don’t subscribe to that. Every time when they start painting, they prime the surface with black as opposed to the western tradition of priming the canvas with white gesso.
Kinda off topic but I think it’s worth mentioning
This is really interesting about Yoruba colour theory. Really awesome stuff from women painters in Akure. I’ve known that red is a good colour too. White is for people who can’t afford any other colours.
Sorry I read back what I wrote and it sounds terrible bc I have been up all night trying to write this essay! but ok my professor’s name is Moyosore Okediji, he’s well known in the African diaspora artists circle. It’s been really awesome this semester taking two of his classes. (altho he’s kinda famous he’s not stuck up or has an attitude like some other art profs at my school… not gonna name no names… Prof. Okediji is an extremely humble person I really admire him)
Anyway he traveled back to Yorubaland multiple times in hopes of bringing traditional Yoruba women’s art into our school’s (UTexas @ Austin) very own Blanton Museum of Art, but the people in charge said that ceramics is not high art and they didn’t want traditional ceramic pieces made by Nigerian women in the museum. Professor Okediji later remembered when he was in art school in Nigeria, his grandmother once told him about the Akure women painters. They are a group of women who see themselves as healers. They paint in a closed space in the temple where men are not allowed. They do this at the beginning of every year to cleanse the world. The paintings are also seen as clothes for the orishas (Yoruba divinities), so they are making tributes basically. You can read more about that in this pdf file. So he basically went and worked with these women artists and brought their works into the contemporary art scene.
There’s also a lot of other amazing stuff, Moyo has this website where he has these pdf files explaining a lot of things about Yoruba traditions and art, so if you are interested, go take a look.