Synesthesia Inspired Artwork by Julia Hamilton
Synesthesia noun | si-nəs-ˈthē-zh(ē-)ə
Condition in which someone experiences things through their senses in an unusual way, for example by experiencing a color as a sound, or a number as a position in space:
A person with synesthesia may see, for example, the number 2 as a green number and the number 5 as a red number.
“Some artists have a nervous hand at drawing, which gives their technique something of the sound peculiar to a violin…”
-By Vincent Van Gogh in a letter to his brother, Theo
“A black, E white, I red, U green, O blue: vowels, I shall tell, one day, of your mysterious origins”
-From Vowels by French poet Arthur Rimbaud
"Her voice had fallen cold. No longer pink, she had the sour purple of winter within her words."
-From The Technicolor Transgressions of the Blue Rose by Ash Lieb.
This benign trait results in a crossing of senses, which can be manifested in different ways. In my case, I see the alphabet and numbers in color, and I also see colorful shapes when I listen to music. I created the body of work shown here using my synesthesia as the inspiration. Each piece was inspired by a song.