Hearts & Things
- 1000 Little Squares -
I have musical synesthesia. When I hear music, I see a dynamic visual set of colors and textures that reflect elements of a song. It changes based on how much I know about the song and my mood, but some are more consistent than others.
Embarking on a long-term project to paint 1000 songs!
You can also follow my journey on Instagram: @athousandlittlesquares
Hearts & Colors
Made In Heights
The Band Perry
David Guetta ft. Sia
Francis Novotny, Keynes Woods
Q: What is synesthesia?
A: Synesthesia is a neuro-cognitive phenomenon in which senses are linked in certain individuals, in that one will automatically evoke another. I think of it as a cross-wiring of senses. There are many types, and they manifest with varying degrees of intensity.
Q: Do you have other types of synesthesia?
A: Yes, I also have grapheme-color synesthesia (I see colors with letters and numbers) and spatial-sequence synesthesia (my alphabet, number lines, and calendars all have specific 3-D patterns/maps in my head).
Q: So you're a mutant?
A: Yes ;)
Q: Does it help you memorize things?
A: Sadly, no - it interferes much more than it helps, in terms of memorization, because my associations are already set. But it doesn't interfere with my daily life, rather enhances it.
Q: Is this what you actually see?
A: Yes, ish. It's more dynamic in my head, and I pick and choose elements to paint as a general overview of what I like or what stands out the strongest. It's hard to articulate, and even harder to have the skill to paint accurately.
Q: Why do you suck at painting?
A: I have limited time to practice, I didn't grow up painting, and this is the best I've got right now. :(