“Art Fugue” is a unique exhibition in which I have explored the fugue works for cello and piano by Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. As a Synaesthete Artist I can see what you hear. Seeing sound is a gift. My art is a manifestation of both my intense inner world and unique way of seeing the external world that we share. I embrace my heightened sensitivity, relentless creative thought and energy and translate what I hear, see, sense and feel so deeply into passionate works of art.
Music moves me in an emotional, aural, tactile, spiritual transporting manner. When I am painting all my senses interact. I then produce a visual and emotional response to seeing, hearing and feeling the music. This state is heightened by live performance. I simply cannot wait to hear and see the music today.
In collaboration with “Two musicians in a Fugue State”, two world class musicians Daniel De Borah (piano) and Umberto Clerici (cello) will delight your senses with an extraordinary performance to which I have painted the music. Months of immersion in the fugal works of Bach, Beethoven and Brahms has resulted in this body of work. The Fugue has been part of my life for longer than months. I grew up saturated in Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. Receive me, My Redeemer from St. Matthews Passion was a regular favourite as a young child due to the synaesthesia I engaged with, the sensitive melody and the longing that I was unable to voice as a child but could feel in the music. Then in 1976 Paul Simon is playing on the stereo and the distinctive tune from Bach now has modern lyrics in English. Being only eight years old I was unable to share verbally how deeply this affected me, so I drew the music in my sketch book using coloured pencils. I still remember smell the wood and hint of crayon. This is when I began to question if I was seeing music as the colours were different to the original Bach version I was familiar with and on display today. By the age of nine I knew I was different and seeing sound. So, the incredible journey began.
Vibrant colours, patterns, intricate detail and emotive painting gives form to the process of seeing sound. In my experience the music of Fugue creates a sense of anticipation, expectation and inevitability. There is a sensation of fleeing, searching, echoing then pursuit and a chase. The music is then powerfully resolved leaving me in a state of awe and wonder. I am left with the feeling that there is so much more that we are hearing in addition to the physical performance and actual sound produced. It echoes on through time, space our minds and bodies.