Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-John Lennon – Imagine
Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-John Lennon – Imagine

Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-John Lennon – Imagine

Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-Prince – Joy In Repetition
Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-Prince – Joy In Repetition

Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-Prince – Joy In Repetition

Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-John Mayer – Gravity
Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-John Mayer – Gravity

Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-John Mayer – Gravity

Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-David Bowie – Life On Mars
Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-David Bowie – Life On Mars

Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-David Bowie – Life On Mars

Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-Led Zeppelin – Since I've Been Loving You
Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-Led Zeppelin – Since I've Been Loving You

Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-Led Zeppelin – Since I've Been Loving You

Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-Jimi Hendrix – Little Wing
Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-Jimi Hendrix – Little Wing

Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-Jimi Hendrix – Little Wing

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Artist with Synesthesia Paints Music

Try to picture a colour that doesn't exist. Impossible. Now try and picture what it would be like to perceive sounds as colours. Beyond imagination.
 

Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-David Bowie – Life On Mars
Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-David Bowie – Life On Mars

Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-David Bowie – Life On Mars

David Bowie - Life on Mars
 
Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-Jimi Hendrix – Little Wing
Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-Jimi Hendrix – Little Wing

Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-Jimi Hendrix – Little Wing

Jimi Hendrix – Little Wing
 
As a child, Melissa McCracken believed that this is how the entire world experienced music. McCracken is an artist with synesthesia, a condition in which the brain perceives sound in the form of colours.
 
Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-John Lennon – Imagine
Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-John Lennon – Imagine

Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-John Lennon – Imagine

John Lennon – Imagine
 
Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-John Mayer – Gravity
Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-John Mayer – Gravity

Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-John Mayer – Gravity

John Mayer – Gravity
 

In her biography, McCracken recounts her experience with synesthesia:
 

“Until I was 15, I thought everyone constantly saw colors. Colors in books, colors in math formulas, colors at concerts. But when I finally asked my brother which color the letter C was (canary yellow, by the way) I realized my mind wasn’t quite as normal as I had thought. Basically, my brain is cross-wired. I experience the “wrong” sensation to certain stimuli. Each letter and number is colored and the days of the year circle around my body as if they had a set point in space. But the most wonderful “brain malfunction” of all is seeing the music I hear. It flows in a mixture of hues, textures, and movements, shifting as if it were a vital and intentional element of each song. Having synesthesia isn’t distracting or disorienting. It adds a unique vibrance to the world I experience.”– Melissa McCracken

 
McCracken has taken her gift and given us a glimpse into the marvellous way in which her sensory system operates through her fascinating paintings in what might just be the ultimate collaboration between artist and body.
 

Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-Led Zeppelin – Since I've Been Loving You
Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-Led Zeppelin – Since I've Been Loving You

Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-Led Zeppelin – Since I've Been Loving You

Led Zeppelin – Since I've Been Loving You
 
Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-Prince – Joy In Repetition
Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-Prince – Joy In Repetition

Melissa McCracken-synesthesia-creativemapping-Prince – Joy In Repetition

Prince – Joy In Repetition

 

Photo © All Rights Reserved Melissa McCracken
 

 

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