Kandinsky and His Synesthesia
By: Maddy Hodges
What Is Synesthesia?
- Grapheme-Color- your mind creates colors for letters and numbers. Every synesthete's letters and numbers have different colors, though. For example, the letter , A , could be red when someone else's could be blue. This is the most common type of synesthesia.
- Sound-to-Color- This is just like it sounds. The sounds you hear have a color. Or it could be the other way around where your colors(green for example) has a sound(a doorbell).
- Lexical-Gustatory- You taste flavors for things you hear, or if you see a word or picture. For example, you can hear a phone ring, see the blue sky, or see the word "Hello" written on paper, and you might taste lemonade.
- Mirror Touch- Your friend might get tapped on the shoulder, and you might feel the tap on yours. Your mind pretty much just copies the physical feeling you see. This is one of the rarest types of synesthesia.
- Ordinal-Linguistic Personification- Your brain creates personalities for objects, letters, numbers, colors, etc. Your number eight could be a flirt, three is shy, and four could be rude. This another one of the rarest types of synesthesia.
- Number-Form- Your mind makes a mental map of numbers, days of the week, months, etc. "The number line for me is straight, left to right, from 0 to 9. when it hits ten, it starts going up slanted, as if on a hill. When it hits 21, it curves toward the left, and curves every ten numbers until 100. When it hits 101, it goes slanted up like 10-20 does, except it never curves after that, and the higher numbers are blurry until I look at them closely." - @jaz93a on www.experienceproject.com
- Spatial Sequence- You see number sequences in your head in space or just floating around you, not in anywhere in particular. It sort of just appears in your vision.
- Auditory Visual- This is what Kandinsky was diagnosed with. Your mind makes mental images of the things or sounds you hear. For example, if he heard Wagner's Lohengrin he might have painted a picture of what he heard. That's how he was inspired by music because sometimes he painted what he heard.
What Effected His Work?
Some Work Inspirations
Several of Kandinsky's Artworks
Houses at Murnau, 1909
I have shown some of his abstract artworks, but he also painted different types of art, like this one.
Compostition 8, 1923
The Blue Rider, 1903
How Did He Die?
Other Famous People Diagnosed With Synesthesia
- Tori Amos(Singer)
- Leonard Bernstein(Composer)
- Mary J. Blige(Singer and Actress)
- Duke Ellington(Composer)
- David Hockney(Artist)
- Billy Joel(Singer and Musician
- Franz List(Composer)
- Marilyn Monroe(Actress)
- Geoffrey Rush(Actor)
- Van Gogh(Artist)
- Van Halen(Musician)
- Pharrell Williams(Singer)
- Stevie Wonder(Singer and Musician)
- Kanye West(Rapper)
- Micheal Gagne(taste visualizations in Ratatouille)
Famous People Who Might Have/Had Synesthesia
- Bob Dylan(Singer and Musician)
- Jimi Hendrix(Singer and Musician)
- Victor Hugo(Writer)
- Frank Lloyd(Architect)
- Nathaniel Hawthorne(Writer)
- Fredrick Nietzsche(Philosopher)
- Nikola Tesla(Inventor and Engineer)
"There is no must in art because art is free."
"Everything starts from a dot."
"Each color lives by its mysterious life."
"Color is the keyboard, eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another,to cause vibrations in the soul."
"Music is the ultimate teacher."
"Color cannot stand alone."
"To create a work of art is to create the world."
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