Sara Moorehouse


​On the spatial activity created by colour combinations applied to three-dimensional form

This doctoral research examines and analyses th​e spatial activity created by colour combinations, drawn from landscape, when applied to three-dimensional form. Colours perform spatially upon a two-dimensional surface in a multitude of ways and these may be affected significantly by other formal qualities of three-dimensional works.

My research has shown that bands of colour arranged upon the three-dimensional bowl, display spatial manoeuvres that are not found within identical alignments of hues upon a two-dimensional surface. A key finding to date is the ‘tilt effect’, an illusion that bends form and creates tension between inner and outer surfaces. This phenomenon is so resolute and compelling, that not only can a dual tilt appear, but further unexpected spatial events can be produced.

Such effects, once determined, may be used as an abstract language across the mediums of painting and ceramics. Through manipulation of hue, the colours and spirit of landscape can be represented; through hue and form, and so illusion, landscape can be further realised, to suggest its weight, movement, contours and scale.