As a synesthete, if I care to “look” at what I feel, I can draw it. This is what a sore chest felt like. It was all sort of squeezey pressure with points of pain like a very sore throat in the wrong place. The fabric piece is sewn directly on a commercial 12″ square stretched linen canvas. I am quite well now, and all that remains, thankfully, is the artwork.
12″x12″ linen canvas, silk and linen, cotton and metallic thread and floss
Silk on linen, metallic thread and floss. 26″x34″.
Using my synesthesia, my hearing to seeing and making art, I created this hand sewn surface design based on live electronics and bass drum. “The Deformation of Figures” was composed by Seth Cluett and performed by percussionist Tim Feeney. This “lowercase” music is an extreme form of ambient music, subtle and rich. The electronics/sine tones, are in color, and the percussion is in black for this one hour performance. I make sketches while listening at a live concert, and re listen to recordings until I am happy with my capture of the “bones” of the music.
I can’t hold on to a single thought: the murders in Orlando, world and US politics, the death of a 21 year old friend, and perhaps, what I hope is only a momentary experience of “adjustment fatigue” to change. The bottom images in this piece are me throwing and kicking and being angry and miserable. The top images are life flowing forward through those not touched by pain at this moment. I experience life as liminal between a yin/ yang of tensions.
“It’s fascinating how well you captured the essence of this song just as you did Entre Deux, which hangs proudly in my office. I always thought of Entre Deux as a conversation which you represented visually, and the arpeggios of Red Shift always felt like spiraling, circular movement. Thanks for your great creative work, I’m glad to be a source of inspiration…and in turn to be inspired by your art!”