For my art 102 class I was assigned to do a project driven by sound. Here's what I came up with.

Seeing Sound

This piece tested our senses by causing sight and hearing to blend. Viewers where given a large dowel with a paint brush on the end and paint to create the sounds they heard on a large sheet of paper pinned to the wall. The dowels helped encourage large movement, and helped discourage creating something "pretty" or "skillful", but rather feel the movements of the sounds and translate them into brush strokes. Below I have pictures of the results as well as the sound viewers heard while painting.

The background music was a collection of sounds many of us hear everyday, but edited in a way that you may not recognize them at first, or may not feel important when listening. The inspiration of this piece was dance and how we manifests sounds and music through motion and how those motions can be translated through paint strokes. I was happily surprised with the movements my viewers painted and would love to repeat this project with an even larger canvas to allow greater movement and a longer sound clip.

The cross between senses is something we may not consciously think about. If you want to test out your sense grab a sheet of paper and a pen and listen to the sound clip and see what you come up with! The results are always surprising.


Barbara Januszkiewicz 

"Creative thinking inspires ideas. Ideas inspire change."

Pablo Picasso

"The chief enemy of creativity is 'good' sense."


Yo-Yo Ma

"Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you're passionate about something, then you're more willing to take risks."