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FIGMENT, PIGMENT

Colors, in its purest form, is the human way to describe our cone cells response in the human eye by electromagnetic radiation in the visible spectrum. As we begin to understand more and more about colors, we begin to categorize them, and label them with a complete system of letters and numbers, so at any given point, any of the colors visible to the human eye can be re-created. Yet, is that all there is to colors? With the intention of drawing us closer to our innate understanding of colors, Figment, Pigment is an experimental project on materializing colors through fractal generation through logical and social understandings of them. The categories and properties of colors are explored, isolated and recategorized into parametric elements that are later combined to produce a three-dimensional representation of the given color.

Mantis shrimp are able too see 12–16 colors depending on the species, and see a rainbow humans can't even begin to conceive and understand; so, I think it’s reasonable to believe that the subject can be explored way beyond the red, green and blue they define how we perceive.

We normally describe color using hue, saturation and brightness. However, there are other characteristics of colors such as shade, tint, tone, colorfulness, saturation, brightness, spectral and temperature. I believe that there is much more to it, and this process is an attempt to expand the expression of these colors.

This process is not only to 3-dimensionalize colors. It is the process of translation, from perceivable senses to a wide array of tactile characteristics based on the innate properties of the pigments.

Pantone, a.k.a. "the color company", has been specializing in color categorization and matching over the past decades. The release of the newest color of the year, living coral, came with a description and a series of relevant imagery, making it perfect for this exploration.

please see below for a series of explorations based on pantone's color of the year.

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