What does color mean to you?
So much of the way we experience life is bound to color. It is a powerful part of our dreams. It describes our strongest emotions— we are green with envy, blue when we’re sad, yellow when we’re happy, red and pink when we’re in love.
Watercolor pigments from Kyoto, Ceramic "Color Sampler" from the Saturation exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt, and Bhutanese Buddhist Cosmos
We all have a favorite color, one that seems to speak to our individual sense of self. With the Color Theory Collection, I reflect on our very human connection to pigments. I looked for unusual gem pairings— pink tourmalines with red rubies, peridots with emeralds, rainbows of sapphires, and in so doing, offer the opportunity of seeing color in brand new ways.
Tone on Tone Colorito Rings
From the color wheel to the mystical mandala, I am fascinated by the technical, psychological, and spiritual uses of color. My own ongoing study of color wheels, created with watercolors and handmade paper collected in Kyoto, will be the backdrop to this collection.
Colorburst #1 painted with Kyoto watercolors by Temple
My love of color extends over years of "painting with gemstones." Recently, my love for the study of color was reignited by the 2018/19 NYC Cooper Hewitt exhibit "Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color," the Guggenheim 2019 exhibit of "Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future" and the work of Yayoi Kusama.
Group X, No.1 Alterpiece -Hilma af Klint at the Guggenheim, Temple in front of works by Yayoi Kusama at the Zwirner Gallery