Hello, I'm Christina
I'm a musician, synesthete, and visual artist
I see colors when I hear music
I use musical imagery to give voice to complex and often inexpressible experiences of humanity
as a way to offer empathy and compassion to others
I experience synesthesia, a neurological phenomenon that involuntarily merges senses in the brain. Auditory stimuli activate my visual sense, so whenever I hear music I see a unique light and color show. Listening to a beautiful piece can be quite an overwhelming experience as the ears, eyes, heart, and mind are all inundated.
Since sound is fluid and boundless, it is an interesting challenge to paint the sounds I see. The primary medium I use is ink, which I manipulate with blown air, gravity, palette knives, and sponges to mimic the spontaneous fluidity of sound.
While some of my artwork aims to visually portray the beauty of music, I also use these aurally-stimulated images to illustrate other invisible things like grief and despair, hope and redemption.
My current artistic focus is to use musical imagery to give voice to the the complex, hidden, and often inexpressible experiences of humanity as a way to offer empathy and compassion, and to encourage others to seek out the light and color hidden in the dark.
"Creatives are absolutely invaluable in the modern culture. When, through our art, we are able to reveal these hidden aspects of human experiences, like hope in the midst of despair, compassion in the throes of pain, life in the face of death, or even just empathizing with something like loneliness...this is a unique and life-giving balm to a hurting culture..."