When I first read Jarman Derek’s book on colour “chroma”, I had been aware that he had become ill with cancer during the writing of this book, his writing leapt from one artistically abstract paragraph to another, spewing out thoughts, opinions, and memories here and there. I thought that the book was just a collection of reflective, melancholy writings by artist in his twilight, it was only when I was coming close to the end of my second read through of the first chapter “white lies”, did I start to understand. Jarman was looking at colour on multiple levels, seemingly in an attempt to challenge the conventional thinking of colours and their meaning by looking at how colour has been used in literature, science, philosophy, psychology, religion and alchemy. This is clear within the first two chapters, where Jarman writes about the colour white(light), and the colour black (shadow).
He teaches us the meanings behind colours, what they mean to him personally, as well as what they mean to us by challenging how we view colours, explaining how they were used in the past, while depicting vivid and vibrant scenes.
As Blain Brown Wrote about colour “They have special power that is shared only by very few art forms such as music and dance: they have the ability to reach people at a gut, emotional level”. Colours may be one of the most influential tools of nonverbal communication