Melissa McCracken paints music she can see

Missouri-based artist Melissa McCracken can see music. Melodies have color and movement due to a phenomenon in her brain called synesthesia. As a result of the condition, her compositions seem to float specks of color across the canvas in a dynamic rhythm as if suggesting either a slow dance or a more fast-paced tune. Skinnier lines dance their way between heavier brushstrokes that rumble across space. And whites are used to illuminate dark backgrounds like high pitched falsettos.

Synesthesia is a neurological phenomenon estimated to affect 7% of the population which causes a person to perceive one sensory stimulus when another is stimulated. In McCracken’s case, when she hears music, she perceives colors. Until she turned fifteen, she assumed all people saw the world this way as well. h/t[weezbo.com]

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