I listened to Anthem on my walk this weekend - I read that in college but not since - and found one of my favorite themes.
I call it the tyranny of grey.
Pick any apocalyptic story - The Road, The Stand - whatever - and each of them builds a prison out of greyness. Color is forbidden in some - 1984 and Anthem - primarily because it represents freedom and self expression - defiance of sameness, rebellion.
We are all artists, so we live and breathe (and if you're like me, wear on your hands and your clothes accidentally) color all day every day. We love it, but because we use so much of it, we take it for granted.
It would be inconceivably inhumane to steal color from a people. And when it's stolen in these stories, what color ends up symbolizing is hope.
Hope for salvation and freedom. Hope for that sacred individuality.
I knew just what stamp I wanted to color when my book ended.
And so I did. :)
Stamps: Rejoicing in Christmas Paper: Basic Grey (SU) and Basic Grey whites collection Ink: India Ink
Accessories: Radiant Rain, paintbrush, Copics, Summer Sun Reinker
Hope you had a colorful Monday. :)