Monochrome A to Z (Synaesthesia Paintings)
26 paintings, 138” x 48” total
Acrylic on wood panel (each panel 12” x 16” x 1 ¾”)
Synaesthesia, a phenomenon in which a single piece of sensory information has the capacity to activate two or more senses simultaneously, is a neurological condition implying cross-modal connectivity within the brain. It can manifest itself in multiple ways. For example, music-colour synaesthetes see colour in response to sound. In grapheme-colour synaesthesia, numbers or letters of the alphabet are associated with colours.
From top to bottom, from left to right, the 26 panels represent the colours that the artist-as-synaesthete associates with each letter of the alphabet, from A to Z. Each painting is executed with a single movement, and thus stands as a document for a momentary and aleatory gesture.