Travels with Xylvanya (2012)

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Cotton, silk, linen, cotton thread and floss, metallic thread and floss
12.5”x11”

Inspiration: Xylvanya. A series of 56 songs. 1990-2009. Xylvanya. | Musical Genre: Prog Keyboard

Xylvanya’s rolling twining sequences that curl around syncopated, stretched chords always lead me to a richly textured conclusion. This is my 40,000 foot gestalt on the basic structure of all his work, though each piece uses different timbres, pitches and rhythms.

Reflections (2012)

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Cotton, polyester, cotton thread    11.5”x11.75”

Inspiration: Max Waves and Pixieguts. “Reflections.” 2010. Music for Microworlds. Elektronische Musik Union. | Length: 5:49; Musical Genre: Chillout Electronica

If I were to score music, it would look like this. Start at the bottom right and move up left and clockwise. (Who needs 5 lines and 4 spaces?) Pixieguts, who sings this poetry, has a wonderfully pink voice over against the electronica frame by Max Waves.

“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.

Sound & Sense Responses of a Synesthete