THE COLORS OF SOUND
With each painting, I aim to explore the relationship between sound and life, to consider how we make sense of our surroundings through what we can hear.
‘An Artist’s Journey Through Hearing Loss’
A Story by UHealth, University of Miami Health System
HEARING HEALTH Magazine, The Arts Edition. 2019.
Visit West Elm at Gulfstream Park and
West Elm Dadeland to see a display of my works.
SILENCE AND ISOLATION
After experiencing sudden unilateral deafness in 2017, I was in extreme pain and isolation. During the first months after losing my hearing, I used to wake up to the sudden sensation that everything around me was spinning (vertigo), this lasted minutes and left my body weak for the rest of the day. In addition, any slight body movement would make me feel dizzy and nauseated. Naturally, I was resting in bed most of the time and I could not do the one thing that gave me joy—painting, my passion. I was extremely depressed as well as anxious, with mood swings. It was difficult to move freely or be in an optimal "state-of-mind", and this was devastating.
HOW THE ‘COLORS OF SOUND’ WAS BORN
One day, something incredible happened; I ironically turned to sound to lift my creative spirit. My partner Felipe, who is a music producer and sound engineer, showed me the range of frequencies that I was no longer able to hear.
It was a bizarre experience to be able to see on a screen the sound waves and frequencies that I could not hear. When I looked at the frequencies, I saw patterns. Seeing the sound allowed me to capture emotions and moods.
I decided I had to make an effort to go back to my studio in order to create and communicate. This is how the painting collection, “The Colors of Sound,” was born. I used acrylic inks and paint to mimic the energy and movement of the sound waves. I chose vibrant colors to create an uplifting, positive message, or darker colors for a more somber tone. With the paintings I wanted to explore the relationship between sound and life, to consider how we make sense of our surroundings through what we can hear.