Michaela Pullara

Iridescent is an extended metaphor which uses iridescent color to highlight pivotal moments in my life that changed how I thought of myself or the world. My personal goal was to reflect on my own life’s iridescent moments while also inspiring viewers to become aware of their own.

All of us experience the same life from 7.5 billion different perspectives. And yet, the world is not always in color. While time continues on, we stop to acknowledge that life sometimes just sucks; It is complex and complicated, heavy and hard. But in both the best, and even worst, of times, life goes on, and inevitably we continue to experience people, places, and moments that show us a new perspective on the world as we know it. These people, places, moments, and experiences move us forward and help us grow, learn and transform. They give us perspective which generates hope and excitement about life. We make space for the expanders in our life because without them there would be no light. And without the light, there is no color.

The beauty of iridescence is that it is reflective by nature. Not being able to pinpoint just one color, there is something magical about seeing the full spectrum that light creates with an object. In retrospect, the colors we see will always be changing as we continue to expand and experience new parts of our lives. Even two friends who experience the exact same moment together will be impacted differently.  While we all experience the same day in a different way, we still have the ability to connect with one another by sharing our light, ultimately sharing the opportunity to see color as well. The simple act of telling a friend about your own iridescent memory could reflect a bit of color onto their own life. We desperately need these moments of reflection and projection because they not only bring us hope about the future, but about ourselves and who we are becoming. The more we look back to see these moments of color, the more we realize we, too, are iridescent: always changing, shiny, and beautiful. It’s time to look at your life in color.

Michaela Pullara 

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