Callista Chione (reddish and brownish organge and Abra Alba (skimmed milk and greyish white)
Assemblage (shells on canvas), 50 x 70 cm – 19.6 x 27.5 inches
The orange shells that compose this artwork are called ‘Callista Chione’, a marine bivalve mollusc. They form a color gradient with the white shells, which are called ‘Abra Alba’, a species of bivalve mollusc living in the Mediterranean Sea. The shells were collected on the beach in Circeo National Park, central Italy. The description of the shell’s shades of colors comes from Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours (79 – Brownish orange, 80 – Reddish orange, 7 – Skimmed milk white, 8 – Grayish white). Bibliography: Patrick Baty, Nature’s Palette: A Color Reference System from the Natural World, Princeton University Press, 2021.