Being colour blind is a disadvantage and a disability. However, surprising to most, after I proclaim the fact, it rarely affects my ability to be an artist. I remember the days at school and going to see the nurse to have the mandatory test done. On getting the results being confirmed; of being ‘red-green’ colour blind, I was then informed that I would never be able to be an air force pilot. Luckily for me, this had never crossed my mind, and I always remember those moments of relief walking away from the nurses office.
Many years later, I was scanning the internet again, for images, and came across the circular shapes that made up the tests. For some reason, I always spend time staring, hoping that the number would appear, like it was an optical illusion or something. This moment however, sparked a design I did for another matter, related to greying the dotes out to make a t-shirt design for anti-racism. Going through my artwork one day, it struck me again that these dots could be a starter for an image for the series.
Whilst thinking about these colour circles I also had in mind to want to use them in a illustration; but what creature? Then one day it dawned on me. This was about the way colours changed the way we see things. Chameleons do the opposite in a way, they see things and then change their colours. I thought to myself, what would be the best ironic situation for a chameleon. Being given a colour blind test and not seeing it, but naturally reacting to it. Can you believe I worked on this image for a full 5 months on and off, as it was tiring doing all the scales on the body.