Melissa S. McCracken on Etsy Painting Music
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In the weirdest possible way, I see music. I have a rare neurological conditional called synesthesia where my brain gets a confused by certain stimuli and interprets them incorrectly. For me, music goes into my ears and colors come out on a canvas. All of my work is my interpretation of some of my favorite music. I hope you enjoy!www.melissasmccracken.com
Artist Melissa S. McCracken’s synesthesia allows her to translate music into stunning abstract oil and acrylic paintings. Those who have synesthesia posses the ability to see certain sounds and words as colors because their sensory and cognitive pathways neurologically lead them to involuntary experience secondary sensory cognitive pathways.
Her paintings express a vibrant and beautiful mixture of colors which feature a variety of artist from Led Zeppelin to Stevie Wonder.
To describe her experience as a synesthetic artist, McCracken says on herwebsite:
“I paint music.Until I was 15, I thought everyone constantly saw colors. Colors in books, colors in math formulas, colors at concerts. But when I finally asked my brother which color the letter C was (canary yellow, by the way) I realized my mind wasn’t quite as normal as I had thought.”
Radiohead – Lucky
“Basically, my brain is cross-wired. I experience the “wrong” sensation to certain stimuli. Each letter and number is colored and the days of the year circle around my body as if they had a set point in space.”
David Bowie – Life On Mars?
John Lenon – Imagine
Prince – Joy In Repetition
Jimi Hendrix – Little Wing
“But the most wonderful ‘brain malfunction’ of all is seeing the music I hear.”
Soulive – Interlude II
John Mayer – Gravity
Led Zeppelin – Since I’ve Been Loving You
“It flows in a mixture of hues, textures, and movements, shifting as if it were a vital and intentional element of each song.”
Smashing Pumpkins – Tonight, Tonight
Radiohead – Karma Police
Glass Animals – Flip
“Having synesthesia isn’t distracting or disorienting. It adds a unique vibrance to the world I experience.“
Airhead – Callow
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