Gouache and perforations on paper, mechanical music box18.75" x 1.5" ; 71 cm x 7 cm
This project explores and experiments with the idea that an image has its own unique melody, and conversely that a musical score can also carry visual meaning. I began experimenting with a simple setup in which I use a music box to play perforation drawings that act as a scores.
Each painting/score is a visual and audible translation of a space that I’ve experienced directly. This series evolves with every new place that I travel to and together they become a polyphonic illustration of all the spaces I inhabited. At each location I take unique features of the local landscape and convert them into images that can be listened to.
I look at this as a translation project, one that reveals an unexpected synchronicity not only between visual and audible perception, but also between nature and culture. Through a cumulative process, each musical drawing contributes to the meta-polyphony that nature and culture can generate at one point in space.
The work has also an interactive aspect, as viewers are invited to play each painting. Each strip of paper can be played in 4 different ways (forwards, backwards, forward flipped and backwards flipped) resulting in 4 unique musical pieces. Multiple participants may find themselves interpreters in an impromptu polyphonic composition.