‘Colours help my heart and mind to heal’: Hiromi Tango, the artist using rainbows to cheer up the world

After a childhood shrouded in silence and depression, Tango has dedicated herself to a loud, vibrant career, exploring how colours interact with the brain and make us happy

From her studio in Tweed Heads, in the New South Wales northern rivers region, artist Hiromi Tango has become well-known for making rainbow art to aid her mental health and that of others. Yet for the two years prior to the pandemic, she wore only white: her way of grieving humanity’s environmental impact, evidenced in reef coral bleaching.

The grief was also personal. Tango wanted to metaphorically “cleanse” her spirituality, genetics and memory. So, she covered herself in white housepaint for Bleached Genes, a photographic series that was “based on my father being bedbound and going through dementia, and him not realising who I am sometimes”.

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