Saturday, August 10, 2013

Cochineal in Assisi

Robert J. Bliwise, Seeing Red explores the links between his experiences in Assisi and the work of Mark Rothco. I have joined both Bliwise in the exploration of this wonderful colour and as it happened I have completed the work during a residency in Assisi.

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Artistic Effect of Neurological Illness

Illnesses that affect the brain can have varied and surprising side effects. A small portion of autistic
children produce amazing artwork, for example Nadia (studied by Selfe in 1977) began drawing
extremely detailed pictures of horses at the age of 3.
People suffering from epilepsy or migraines can suffer visual phenomena including spectral
appearances, patches of visual loss and mosaic visions which can result in inspired art such as that of
Ignatius Brennan who began drawing his migraine induced visions in art school, and Steven Wiltshire
a British autistic savant who is famous for his extremely detailed cityscapes
Even as art can affect your senses and neurological state it seems that the reverse is true as well; an
altered neurological state can have a profound effect on artistic and creative abilities
Early Neurological Expressionism in Art
Artists have been trying to alter or affect our state of mind for many years. Escher has hurt our
brains and tricked our eyes with impossible pictures and Abstract Expressionism was born in New
York around the idea of expressing emotion through art, taking ideas from European surrealists who
had arrived in the US.
Synaesthesia is simply an internally induced form of the effect that artists have been trying to have
on their audience for all of time; creating a work that influences a combination of senses to give the
person viewing it an all round feeling of experiencing the piece of art.
So if Mondays really are blue to you, or Saturday afternoon smells of chocolate then you are not
alone; and you will make the life of artists worldwide easier by being receptive with more than one
sense to their creation.

Jenny Flaire is a freelance art writer from England. She spent much of her youth in NYC where her parents regularly took her to the many galleries in the city starting a fire that has burned ever since.

Friday, June 29, 2012

The Physical Effect of Art

The concept that art of all kinds can have a physical effect on our minds and bodies is not a new
one; musical notes evoke colours to some people and smells can bring music to your ears so it is no
surprise that pictures and light can affect your emotions and other senses.
The Synesthetic Experience

This is the process of uniting the messages from all your senses to create an impression of the world
around you. Everyone is constantly doing this within waking hours; combining sight, sound, touch,
taste and smell to identify and experience your surroundings.

Synaesthesia is a neurological condition in which stimulation of one sense creates sensation in
another; the most common kind, according to a study by Sean A. Day (last updated: 5 March 2005) is when
people see colours when they hear a day of the week:
Other people see colours when they read numbers and letters:
Synaesthesia can affect almost any combination of senses, but the vast majority result in visual
stimulation in the form of seeing colours when you hear, smell or taste. 51% of people in Day’s study
had multiple forms of synaesthesia
Synaesthesia in Art

All kinds of art create synaesthesia in some way, but this is created by the artist rather than an
integral part of the viewers sensory perception. The most all round form of art in which stimulating
all of the senses is easiest is cinema for obvious reasons, although many may argue that a poem or
a single image can affect them in a far greater way than an entire film. Neurological expressionism
uses the idea of light and pictures from film to create a response with just one still image.
When you are immersing yourself in art of some kind you may find that isolating the senses most
affected by the medium you are experiencing can help focus and increase the effects you feel; close
your eyes to listen to music or poetry cover your ears to focus on a painting. This will also help
create the art induced synaesthesia intended by the artist; listening with your eyes shut leaves only
the visuals created by the music or poem thus increasing the all round experience
Creating Your own Experience

Why not try including senses that would not usually be involved when you are experiencing art
forms? Focus on the facial expressions of a singer and let the music wash over you, or take a deep
breath as you enjoy a beautiful view. This helps get all your senses involved in creating the effect
for you; Needless to say, however, it is probably best to avoid touching paintings, especially valuable ones as 
art gallery insurance
 companies tend to insist that they are wired to alarms.

Jenny Flaire is a freelance art writer from England. She spent much of her youth in NYC where her parents regularly took her to the many galleries in the city starting a fire that has burned ever since.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

It wasn't my fault 2012

Self - At Artists Wanted
In  It wasn't my Fault  the figure lurches towards the left avoiding something. Could there be some aspect of modern life that the figure is avoiding. Taxes superannuation or immigration? Has there been something on the television that has emotionally effected the figure? Does the figure require councelling?