These two paintings, “Read my Lips” and “Signing” examine the world of sight and sound. They are part of a series I did several years ago.
Sound. It’s largely something we take for granted on a day to day bases–it just is–it just is there for us. Over the last several years I have come to a different understanding of sound and it’s place in our world. Thirteen years ago I begin to notice the sounds were leaving. You don’t know when you don’t hear, because you can’t hear it. It’s only when it gets bad enough that someone’s talking right to you and you can’t hear them that it becomes apparent that there’s a issue with sound.
Fast forward to today. I’ve learned a lot because of this problem I have with sound. Sound is what connects us to other human beings and the world. It’s also one of those things that they know a lot but it’s a very complex problem. I feel the brain has much more to do with it than they currently realize. The reason I think this is because sometimes I “hear” better than others—that is with hearing aids—maybe someday I’ll figure it our without them. Considerably better. Currently, I’m working with diet to see if it will help. And it has. This is far to complicated to cover here but you can email me if you have an interest. Believe it or not it’s seeming to work for me!
I’ve learned lip reading a bit (only a bit!) and am learning sign language (which I really like as it adds gesture to everything). I would suggest everyone learn it! It adds another dimension to existence that is really wonderful….and with noise pollution who knows who has “glass” ears.
So, you might ask “What the hell does this have to do with art?” I would say “A whole hell’ve a lot!” I’ve become very aware that when I’m doing art I’m existing is this “other” space inside my head and it’s very visual. Then when I’m listening to someone and I can’t understand what they are saying I “push” myself to what feels like the back of my head and focus there. Then I can “a great deal of the time” understand their speech, I think I’m then in Broca’s area? Needless to say I feel I make much better art work when I exist in this “visual” space inside my head.
I’ve come to think it is an uneasy marriage between sight and sound for the visual artist–at least for me it is.