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 the complex and often inexpressible experiences of humanity
as a way to offer empathy and compassion to others
contact me at : firstname.lastname@example.org
Classically-trained musician, visual artist, and synesthete Christina Eve has a rare neurological condition called synesthesia that merges the senses, allowing her to see colors and shapes when she hears music. As a synesthetic artist, she translates what she hears into visual form so others can see the beauty of sound.
Utilizing ink and fluid media, most of Christina’s artwork depicts what she sees when listening to a particular song. Offering insight into her experience, she says,
“The very first chord of Moses Sumney's "Doomed" is an oceanic, dark blue paired with a rich vermilion. Moses' voice is interesting to watch – sometimes it's a saturated charcoal-black, sometimes it's a smooth aqua – and that captivating, quick, occasional catch in his voice that sounds like an alto sax...it's a moment of sandpaper-textured gold. The soaring, far-away vocal cries in the background are a writhing purple. At the apex of the song, light pushes back the dark colors, and recedes again as the song draws back into itself.”
In addition to portraying music, Christina uses aurally-stimulated images to illustrate other invisible things like grief and despair, hope and redemption. Her current focus is to give voice to the complex and inexpressible experiences of humanity as a way to offer empathy and compassion, and to encourage others to seek out light and color hidden in the dark.
Christina talks about grief, loss, redemption, and restoration in this interview with Maker’s Movement.
“When one is there, in the darkest dark, feeling alien and isolated and stripped of hope, words of encouragement or advice can come off as shallow and insensitive. I think what is most needed is empathy in its purest form, a simple willingness to be with the hurting, to just sit in the ashes in silence together. Perhaps this is what gets me through, to know that I have the capacity and responsibility to offer that to others because I have been there.”
During a studio visit earlier this year, Christina talked about translating the invisible; and how suffering, suicide, and spirituality influence her relationship with her artwork.
“Christina as an artist exemplifies living as a wounded healer. To paraphrase Christina, art can translate what people do not have words for. It translates what it unseen. It brings to the front what we were too afraid to seek ourselves—making the back of the mind visible.”
Read Ekstasis Magazine’s artist profile, “Christina Eve and Invisible Images.”
NPR Music asked Christina to talk about what it’s like to see sound, and how she turns the music she hears into art. Cameras documented her process of painting music.
“You can watch her paint the music of Moses Sumney and Bleachers in the videos below and read her describe what her brain is like on music.” – All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen
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