Alexandra Loske recently edited and published an anthology entitled Languages of Colour, comprising poetry, prose, critical writing and art work on the theme of colour. The title might suggest a discussion of linguistic aspects of colour, but in this context 'languages' stands for the many different approaches and attitudes to colour and how colour is used as a tool in various art forms and disciplines, just as actual languages vary and interact with each other. In this lecture art historian and erstwhile linguist Alexandra Loske will talk about the idea, concept and inspiration behind the anthology, the selection and commissioning of material, and observations on the theme of language, colour, poetry and art made during the editing process.
Alexandra Loske is a doctoral researcher at the department of Art History at the University of Sussex and is currently investigating the use of colour in the interiors of the Royal Pavilion in Brighton. She also has a background in languages and linguistics and is the managing editor of the Frogmore Press.