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The Daily Catch - published on 05/23/16

Melissa McCracken is a talented artist who has a neurological condition called synesthesia, which is the production of a sense impression relating to one sense or part of the body by stimulation of another sense or part of the body. In her words:

“… your brain is basically cross-wired. So, certain stimuli will come in and create the wrong response in my brain. So, for me that’s listening to music and it’s translated to color in my head.”

McCracken listens to a variety of genres – Jazz, Rock, Funk – and even uses music that she does not necessarily enjoy:

“There are some songs that I hate that I like the way that they look a little bit. Like, a lot of Pop music can be pink and purple and all these fun colors but … the song’s not that good. So one or the other I appreciate it somehow.”

Not only is her method somewhat unusual, but her art is marvelous. We look forward to seeing more of McCracken’s work in the years to come.

You can see more of her art here.

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