The Easel

The Surprising Power of Color to Ease Quarantine Anxiety

Colour is one of art’s great preoccupations. When suddenly confronted with pandemic-related stress, what do we learn about the influence colour has on us? A “quarantine palette” has emerged apparently, one that favours “silky blues, quiet greys, and subtle shades of pink,” that convey “stability and timelessness”. “Color therapy is definitely at play … an attempt to adapt to our newfound mode of introversion.”