Why do I want to participate?
I am an artist (painter, photographer, seamstress, designer, musician) and visual explorer and think this project is a genius idea! I am always looking for new things to challenge and intrigue me and force me to look at the world around me in a new way.
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The sound of an alarm, ringtone, or any digital noise that comes out of an electronic device brought to mind this feeling of reverberation and active tension. These noises strike sound waves and send them out in all directions which reverberate through space until they hit our ear drums.
When I started to visualize this action, I also started to picture how these sounds layer overtop of the existing ambient noise which creates new patterns. It just so happened to be quite easy to transfer those patterns into lines and shapes on a piece of paper, at least what my mind’s eye saw.
It is quite overwhelming to start to take in what is being said around me from a conversation that I am not directly involved in… notice the use of the word “directly”, because we are most definitely involved passively in conversations where we may not be one of the participants.
All of this noise simply piles on top of itself after a while and becomes a mess of information and words. The imagery that came out during this study is that of a sea of blocks, towers, shapes that represent that overlapping. Just as this drawing is disjointed and not easy to follow, so is this type of personal observation.
Thinking about taking in everything around me all at once came out in an image of a twisted, mangled mess. I may even go back into this drawing and continue little shape and line additions throughout the week… that would be quite symbolic of how any stimulus can continue to affect me days after the initial experience.
“Did you see that?” or “Did you hear that?” or “Do you smell that?” are very often questions I find myself asking others. And their answer is usually “No, what are you talking about?”
Sensory overload is a commonplace occurrence for me. I see a lot, hear a lot and smell a lot, not always things I want to see, hear or smell, but nonetheless, it is part of my experience.
I just couldn’t bring myself to listen to one song, and one song only all day long. So my solution was to listen to one album all day long, over and over, hours on end. “Atoms for Peace” was my pick and a great choice.
I found myself in a movement of electronic beats and rhythmic guitar riffs. The movement was fluid and circular and kept its momentum. The drawing mimics the repetitious sounds and melodies, but still has variance.
The small sounds that plague my day are often the result of an object being stirred by electricity in a way that wasn’t meant to be. The buzzes and hums around me are ambient noise that most overlook… but they seem to sneak into my conscious mind. I see these sounds as frequencies and sound waves.
Line and shape in my environment always dictate my designs. Chicago is full of lines and shapes of all sizes and forms. I couldn’t help but be absorbed by the city’s geometry as the idea of an urban pulse was in the forefront of my mind.