In Fall 2017 at a Parsons SCE Full Time Faculty meeting, Pam Klein, Associate Professor of Interior Design, shared new paintings produced during her Fall 2016 academic leave. For years, Professor Klein has offered AAS Interior Design students her deep and direct knowledge of color, in practice and theory, through courses such as The Color of Space and Visual Representation. Professor Klein describes her work as follows:

I tell color stories.

The critic Calvin Tomkins said of Mark Rothko that the painter sought to depict “color itself, color liberated and breathing within the alternative world of the picture.” When we see color we are experiencing different frequencies of reflected light. That information is transmitted to the brain. Color is a psychophysiological experience that influences feelings, and has a physical effect. In art color has its own power, independent of figurative representation. I use color as a conversation, to communicate using a visual language to express ideas, experiences and feelings.

I tell color stories.

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