See Sound

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See Sound, 2016




Using cymatics to agitate water, I see the topographical geometry of an ultrasonic sound wave. See Sound is a body of work consisting of photographs documenting the geometries and the phenomenon itself documented by the water. It functions both to elucidate the spatial qualities of sound and suggest the positivity of negative space, while illuminating the failure of the mechanical and our senses to perceive this space—neither forms a fully realized picture. See Sound is absurd in its mixing of the senses—to see something that is heard. It is a form of synesthesia, describing the neurological uniting of sensory information in our brains to form our identity as locatable self, as a body. Synesthesia is a dis-order of information.

Yet disordering information appears to best exemplify negative space. In the disorder of information we come to negative experience: that which is affecting our bodies beyond our perception. What is realized though negative experience is our place within the network of life: we are not the center and our existence is happenstance.