The Artist Who Paints What She Hears

Melissa McCracken, a young woman living in Kansas City, Missouri, realized when she was 16 that she was living with a neurological condition known as Synesthesia, which allowed her to perceive songs as colours. Her condition causes her sense of hearing to trigger colourful depictions of the songs and genres, which means she spontaneously and involuntarily sees colours when listening to music.

Harnessing her condition in a creative way, Melissa paints what she hears, titling each of her abstract paintings after the songs that inspire her to create beautiful works of art with expressive gestures and bright colours. In her eyes, jazz music appears as iridescent blues, whites, and golds, while an upbeat pop song is bright pink and purple.

Check out some of Melissa’s beautiful interpretations of your favourite songs:

John Lennon – Julia

Stevie Ray Vaughan – Lenny

Jimi Hendrix – Little Wing

Iron & Wine – Boy with a Coin

Bach – Cello Suite No. 1

Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago

Pink Floyd – Time

Radiohead – Karma Police

Radiohead – All I Need

Prince – Joy in Repetition

David Bowie – Life on Mars

You can find more of the artist’s creations on her website.


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