Self-described as “an artist who could never pick a favorite color,” Julie Seabrook Ream is known for her kaleidoscopic arrangements of everyday objects. In her most recent project, Encyclopedia of Rainbows, Ream has turned her attention to the natural world, creating compositions featuring color-coordinated flora and fauna.
Using organic objects like sea shells, eggs, and flowers, Ream carefully constructs configurations that exhibit earth’s diverse color palette. Rather than craft arbitrary studies of tonality, Ream deliberately displays the articles so that they elegantly form visually satisfying rainbows. Some, like Berries and Feathers, convey a linear approach to arranging. As a result of their neat and tidy organization, the spectrum is obvious. On the contrary, others, including Leaves and Sea Life, are a bit less straightforward. While, compositionally, they appear to be a bit less structured, they still showcase Ream’s knack for composing beautifully balanced formations.
Ream has compiled these images into a bright and beautiful book, Encyclopedia of Rainbows: Our World Organized by Color (published by Chronicle Books 2017), available through Amazon. Featuring a range of objects found both in nature and in “the built world,” the book illustrates Ream’s ability to see beauty in everyday items, “from feathers to fishing gear, matchbooks to macarons, tulips to telephones.” Whether you’re a color fiend or an organization enthusiast, Encyclopedia of Rainbows is sure to make you see the world around you through a whole new (colorful) lens.
In her new Encyclopedia of Rainbows book, color-loving artist Julie Seabrook Ream arranges objects into captivating rainbows.
Ream has compiled these creations into a colorful book, Encyclopedia of Rainbows: Our World Organized by Color.
Julie Seabrook Ream: Instagram
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