Ellen Hackl Fagan
Hartford Art School, 2005, MFA Interdisciplinary/Painting
Saint Mary's College, 1982, BFA Painting/Photography
Influenced by scientific theories-both real and imagined, my abstract paintings and interactive installations 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. To play, viewers select 8 colors from a computer color spectrum and match each one to a note that best represents the colors' aural equivalent in the familiar Do Re Mi musical scale. Through these playful interventions we discuss their thoughts about color and sound relationships in-depth.
Documenting their responses in the form of data gathered on the computer, 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. Some exciting consistencies in peoples’ color/sound blended grammars have emerged from my research.
I distill this data and create paintings and digital photographs based on aspects from the games and the information gathered. The palette in my paintings is often derived from a collective of colors chosen by gamers. A symbiotic relationship with this pseudo-scientific investigation and the action of painting and experimental digital photography has grown through this process of inquiry about the sounds of colors.
As the database from the ColorSoundGrammar Games continues to grow, an emergent grammar is gaining momentum. I intend to create a website and a smart phone application to pursue a more universal exploration of the aural potential in color.