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ABOUT SHAFTISM ... Page 1
Light is energy, just like other forms of energy such as heat, mechanical and chemical. Light is just as
necessary as heat and chemical and is essential to life. Light is made up of colours and so it is true to
say that colour is energy.
The colour the artist uses, is expressing this energy and, the Shaftist tries to
understand and create the light. The colour of the artwork is being used to stimulate our senses. The colour
constitution of a Shaftist artwork determines the character and number of ‘light vibrations’ it reflects to
the eye, this I will explain in a moment.
Colour strictly speaking, is a sensation associated with the definite stimulation of the optic nerve. This
stimulation is produced when the light passes into the eye and lands on the retina, which is the screen at
the back of the eye. There, the energy is absorbed and so starts the chemical reactions, which in turn send
nerve impulses, which are quite simply, electrical messages to the brain.
Here the brain can now form a
picture of what is being seen, though I believe that it’s still not really known how, our eyes see colour.
Among the artist’s paints or colouring equipment, the artist will have included white and black among their
range of colours. But these are not strictly speaking, colours at all. Black is simply an absence of light,
and so therefore, of colour, whilst white light, is made up of a mixture of several basic colours.
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