'Every subject seems simple and clear until that moment when we scurtinise it a little' |
'A library of coloured books, Shelf (My Father's Library) 1997, dispenses with the Dewey decimal system and instead catalogues according to the spectrum. To Sequeira, aesthetic order is just as valid as empirical fact. The titles on the spine of each volume announce his poetic order, ranging from 'David in Silence' and 'Black's Children's Encyclopedia' to the revealing 'Optical Art'. It is a commonplace that a library is a mirror of the owner or, for that matter, the artist. Sequeira is entranced with the history of knowledge - its quaint expression in such tomes, its subjectivity and cultural dependency.'
Excerpt from 'Great Stories' catalogue essay by Michael Desmond.
My parents, my brother and I migrated to Australia from India in 1970. Long before we owned a car or a house we owned the full set of World Book Encyclopedia and the companion children's set known as Childcraft. Each volume of Childcraft has a different coloured spine. When all 15 volumes are arranged in order the spines resemble the spectrum ranging from magenta to violet. Knowledge has always been highly valued in our house. I have never forgotten this early connection between information and colour.
I am currently working on a large scale version of this work which will be an entire room of chromatically arranged books