“Do You Want to Dance?” Said Martha Graham to Judith Graff to Geri Heavener (2013)

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Silk, cotton, linen, metallic thread and floss, cotton thread and floss
16.75”x18.75”

Inspiration: Aaron Copeland and Martha Graham. “Appalachian Spring.” 1944. | Musical Genre: Mid-century Modern Ballet

This was initially drawn based on a memory of movements from the Graham ballet I had learned to dance in college. I was trying to explain to my husband the difference between the way I was taught to move my body in my ten years of classic ballet as compared with what I learned from my professor who had studied and danced with Martha Graham.

Lifespan/ M(usic) I(nside) C(urved) E(ntrances) (2013)

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Silk, linen, cotton, metallic thread and floss, cotton thread and floss
12”x12”

Inspiration: Terry Riley. “Lifespan/ M(usic) I(nside) C(urved) E(ntrances).” 2007. Les Yeux and Lifespan. Elision Fields. | Length: 2:11 minutes; Musical Genre: Minimalism

Electronically generated tonal harmonic framework of musical phrases punctuated by a steady bumpy pulse. I find the repetition of the pulse very comforting.

Girls Just Want to Have Fun: With a Nod to Cindi Lauper, Ariel Pink, Miriam Schapiro, Judy Chicago, and the 140,000,000 Women Who Have Experienced Genital Mutilation (2013)

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Linen, silk, polyester, cotton, metallic thread and floss, cotton thread and floss 16.5”x20.25”

My initial drawing grew out of my hearing a public radio conversation about the 140,000,000 women who experienced Female Genital Mutilation. My image with the black center represents the girls who will NEVER have fun.

Curing Cancer: On the Road – Inspired by Max Maffia (2013)

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Silk, cotton, cotton thread and floss 19.5”x15”

Inspiration: Max Maffia “On the Road.” 2005. Anywhere in the World! Daybox  Records.  | Length: 3:12; Musical Genre: Ambient Guitar

A few years ago when I underwent radiation treatments as part of my journey with cancer, I created a sound track on my iPod to support my healing.  This image is the sound of a single harmonic guitar chord that I visualized as cutting a slice off my tumor and making that slice explode and disappear with the radiation treatments. In October 2013, I had the greatest pleasure to finally meet the composer/guitarist, Max Maffia in his beautiful home city of Salerno, Italy. I cherish the memory of the concert Max organized in my honor, in a Salerno art gallery with his entire band, and 50 of his dearest family and friends. I finally got to hear a live version of the song that supported my healing. 

Autobiography of a Sybarite (2012)

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Silk, linen, cotton, cotton thread and floss, cotton-polyester thread and floss, metallic thread and floss 12.5”x11.75”

I finally am a sybarite: I want all of my senses turned on, tuned up, fed, and watered as often as possible.  The various sections of the piece represent my different senses, lit up and happily responding to the universe into which I have been born. I am so happy I was born a synesthete!!!

Du Hast – Inspired by Rammstein (2014)

Inspiration: Rammstein. “Du Hast.” 1997. Sehnsucht. Motor Music | Length: 3:55 minutes; Musical Genre: German Industrial
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Inspiration: Rammstein. “Du Hast.” 1997. Sehnsucht. Motor Music  |  Length: 3:55 minutes; Musical Genre: German Industrial

Upon the first listen to Du Hast by Rammstein, I was captivated by the contrasting textures.  My piece “reads” left to right: the zinging sounds start the song, the big curvy semi circles represent the big guitars, and the yelling rough voice is the pink circle.

Sound & Sense Responses of a Synesthete