Black and white are, strictly speaking, not colours. However, light and dark play a major role in art and design and have various symbolic meanings.
In many cultures, white is seen as the colour of innocence and virginity, purity, loyalty and peace. In the West, white clothing and decoration are symbolic of the joy around births, baptisms and weddings. The colour is also associated with women as virgins, mothers and caregivers.
‘Colours are wavelengths reflected by objects to the human eye.
White is pure light and black is the absence of light’
Black has different associations across cultures and religions: death, mystery and the darker side of human nature but also power, nobility and prestige.
BLACK & WHITE
Opposites attract. In the case of black and white, contrast creates completion. The convergence of black and white (more so than any other color combination) is an example of how two divergent colors communicate more powerfully together than they do on their own.
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©Vivian Grant Farrell