DescriptionArtist StatementSynaesthesia (adj)A secondary sensation accompanying an actual perception, as the perceiving of sound as a color or the sensation of being touched in a place at some distance from the actual place of touching.I was able to come into contact with Natasha Bledsoe through the internet. I had conversations through email to help me understand her synaesthesia type.Natasha Bledsoe experiences the alphabetic/numeric and music/color types of synaesthesia. Natasha also explained her alphabetic/numeric synaesthesia, “Like I can see that the letters are written in black or whatever other color, but it's almost like they have a glow of the color they're 'supposed' to be.” From the way she describes her music/color synaesthesia, this type seems to be the funnest. “The color/music is amazing, with that one it is like layers over reality. If I'm riding in a car, listening to music I can see the sounds. They kind of trickle into view and sometimes appear as spots or soft wavelengths of color.”The music/color aspect of synaesthesia is what really drew me in to this subject. I really love listening to all types of music, and I just keep thinking of how of how cool it would be if I were able to experience music that way. If I think really hard I can kind of experience this rare phenomenon, but I’d rather experience it naturally.The collaboration was something that worked through trial and error. I started my research by getting to known both women, and figuring out what best triggered their synaesthesia. I would email them images that I had taken, and they would draw what they saw with their synaesthesia. For Natasha, with her music/color synaesthesia, I would give her a song to listen to for each image.
Nicole Shipp, Savannah Member Since June 2011 Artist Statement Nicole Shipp is an experimental artist who is always looking for new avenues to express her talent. Nicole was accepted into the Savannah College of Art and Design on an Artistic scholarship, majoring in Photography. While studying in Savannah she has had the opportunity to take photographs of broad subjects ranging from young children, to beautiful landscapes. One of her pieces was chosen to be in SCAD’s Photogroup Gallery show in the winter of 2010.