latex, enamel, ink, graphite, acrylic
72 x 48 x 2 inches
© Ellen Hackl Fagan 2011
Influenced by scientific theories, both real and imagined, my abstract paintings and interactive performance build connections between color and sound.
This exploration has led me to create a series of interactive games with viewers the most recent being The ColorSoundGrammar Game (CSG). To play, viewers select, from colored squares, the color(s) that best represent each note in the familiar ABC Song or Twinkle Twinkle Little Star melody. Through these playful interventions we discuss their thoughts about color and sound relationships in-depth.
Documenting their responses in the form of photographs and notes in journals, I have compiled the results of approximately 600 people who have played the ColorSoundGrammar Game since the fall of 2008. Consistencies in peoples’ color/sound blended grammars have emerged.
I have distilled the data that has been gathered and have been painting series based on these generalizations. These color/sound paintings introduce a wonderful completion to this pseudo-scientific investigation and celebrate the action of painting.