Color-Word Value Index

The Color-Word Value Index (CWVI) is a taxonomy of colors, words, symbols, and numbers based on color theory in psychology, mysticism, and early modernism. The CWVI project (2008–ongoing) is designed to generate a series of interlocking bodies of work over time in a range of media: painting, drawing, video, artist’s books, and décor. All CWVI work imagines a cultic belief in the properties of the Index—44 word pairings; 10 colors; 5 suits; values of positive, negative, and neutral; and a relativism that evokes chance and reversals such as mirroring, flipping, and doubling.