What the world looks like to an artist with synesthesia #ArtTuesday

5 synesthesia transforms years into incredible colors

Via FastCompany

They look like acrylic record albums. Or maybe a rainbow dissected into Skittles-like strata. But these acrylic paintings don’t depict things. They depict sensations. More specifically, how Lucy Engelman, a synesthete, sees years, decades, and centuries in her head. That makes them biological visualizations of time itself.

Synesthesia is a neurological condition that essentially crosses a brain’s perceptual inputs and outputs, allowing some people to taste colors or see smells. “With my synesthesia, I see all single-digit numbers in color, and all larger-digit numbers are a combination of those original colors,” explains Engelman. “Numbers that correspond to the way we conceptualize time, then take on these forms that you see in the work.”

The paintings themselves, spotted by FlowingData, are produced alongside the painter Daniel Mullen (Engelman is a video artist).
“We actually met when Daniel was showing his work in New York, and I was stunned at how his visual language was the closest thing I had ever seen to being a material demonstration of my synesthesia,” says Engelman. “Basically, I’d never seen it outside my own brain before. Then we fell in love, got married, and started collaborating on the work.”

To produce each piece, first Engelman comes up with the vision–which includes the years, the colors, the angles, and the perspective at play. For her, a century might look like a linear shift from green, to blue, to white in the middle, to yellow. Or a 28-year span between years 1946 and ’74 will feature an orange to pink shift, with a sharp corner that almost protrudes out of the painting right at your eye. Meanwhile, Mullen is the one who puts paint to canvas.

What’s so striking about the work is, generally, when most of us think “synesthesia,” we picture something along the lines of a painting from Kandinsky (the documented synesthete who birthed abstract art): a mess of color, a glorious celebration of sensual chaos.

See more!

Screenshot 4 2 14 11 48 AMEvery Tuesday is Art Tuesday here at Adafruit! Today we celebrate artists and makers from around the world who are designing innovative and creative works using technology, science, electronics and more. You can start your own career as an artist today with Adafruit’s conductive paints, art-related electronics kits, LEDs, wearables, 3D printers and more! Make your most imaginative designs come to life with our helpful tutorials from the Adafruit Learning System. And don’t forget to check in every Art Tuesday for more artistic inspiration here on the Adafruit Blog!

Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Join 32,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community! http://adafru.it/discord

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Follow Adafruit on Instagram for top secret new products, behinds the scenes and more https://www.instagram.com/adafruit/

CircuitPython – The easiest way to program microcontrollers – CircuitPython.org

Maker Business — Foxconn executive discusses the dramatically scaled back project in Wisconsin

Wearables — Look sharp with this quick tip!

Electronics — Straw Diffusers

Python for Microcontrollers — Python on Microcontrollers Newsletter: MicroPython 1.19 released and more! #Python #CircuitPython @micropython @ThePSF

Adafruit IoT Monthly — eInk Postcard, VR Spectrum Instrumentation, and more!

Microsoft MakeCode — MakeCode Thank You!

EYE on NPI — Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Step-Down Power Module #EyeOnNPI @maximintegrated @digikey

New Products – Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! — New Prods 6/22/22 Feat. ADS1115 16-Bit ADC – 4 Channel w. Programmable Gain Amplifier – STEMMA QT!

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !

No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.