That I am dark skinned is a fact, one that affects how I experience the world. I do not want to write about racism, I am more interested that colour is part of this conversation. Since colour is an aspect of visual perception, it describes other perceptions in/of life and often we say, “you bring a lot of colour into my life” or “it was a colourful inauguration” and in the case of race it is the main syntac which qualifies and defines the concept, that is just the English. Here is the Math, colour is an attribute that results from the light they reflect, transmit, or emit in so far as this light causes a visual sensation that depends on its wavelengths(mention of length qualifies it as math I suppose). It is an element of art on the same stage as form and texture.
Its presence, absence and use(case of Sepia) of in a work of art often defines the medium/technique of an artist.
Colour exists on a continuum; you cannot quite say this is where orange starts and this is where green ends. We humans exist on a continuum, you do not realize now I am growing up or now I am growing slender…you almost always find that you are fat. Behaviors like colour is influenced by the immediate; culture, attitudes, emotions, values, ethics, authority, hypnosis, genetics or coercion which is largely determined by geography and demography. In the process of art since as humans we are constantly graduating to a level above/below in life we produce art that same manner that is an exact representation/simulation of the observable world, surreal or conceptual art(drawn from the imagined/non existent). Every piece of art that has been produced represents something about the artist, It probably communicates their eccentricity or the ordinary. Colour is gradual, we are gradual and art too is gradient too. I have asked myself, If an artist simulates the observable world is it ok? and If its the environment within which an artist exist that made him eccentric/ordinary is it ok? Yes it is ok. To explore, find my place on the continuum in medium, technique and subject, to allow the influence of people, things, religion, music, literature, demography, environment around me in my artwork and enjoy this connectedness