Painting with Sound

Painting with Sound

It can be interesting, rewarding, or perhaps even challenging, to receive feedback on your work, regardless of your profession. However, to have someone respond to your work of art with an original musical composition- is a gift.

Chrysalis 2 ©NanciHersh

Chrysalis 2, Etching with aquatint and gold embossed rubber stamp Image: 6″ x 4″ Paper: 10″ x 7″

Artist, composer, and playwright Helen Davey  has been working on a project titled 52 Sound Paintings; “52 pieces of music in direct response to 52 artworks shared by 52 different artists for 52 weeks. Every week one artist’s work will be featured, together with a corresponding “Sound-Painting”: music (she’s) created (and performed) specifically for the artwork.”

For week 21, Helen selected my print, Chrysalis, an etching with aquatint and gold embossed rubber stamp. The print was created many years ago as a visceral response following surgery for breast cancer. In a poignant layering of vocals, cymbals, percussion and piano Helen translates this small print into a hauntingly lovely composition titled “Khrusallis,” the Greek word for chrysalis, from “khrusos”, ‘gold’ (apparently because of the gold color or metallic sheen of the pupae of some species.)

To see Helen’s post and listen to my gift, click here. You can also hear more of Helen’s 52 Sound Paintings or to purchase: Volume 1 or Volume 2 (with Khrussalis.) They are as varied as the artists’ work she has selected and demonstrate generosity of spirit as well as her musical gifts and abilities.

Thank you Helen.

 

4 Comments

  1. Abigail VanBuren
    October 21, 2014

    This is a really interesting piece. Love the combination of visuals and music.

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    • Nanci Hersh
      October 22, 2014

      Thank you Abigail. I feel drawn in by the lovely layers in Helen’s work and am honored she was touched by my piece enough to respond musically.

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  2. Helen
    October 22, 2014

    Hey Nanci,

    What a pleasure it was to respond musically to such a beautifully heartfelt piece of art.
    I remain inspired by your conviction at the time of making this artwork, that your situation was temporal. It’s this inner knowing that I wanted to convey musically.

    Thanks so much for being part of my Project Nanci, great working with you. For anyone interested, there’s more info here: http://helendavey.com/blog/52-cross-arts-online-events/

    Helen

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    • Nanci Hersh
      October 22, 2014

      Thank you Helen, I am enjoying listening to all your compositions on Volume 2. Honored to be a part of your project and wish you much success.

      Reply

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