Sonic Portrait of the Mountain


Sonic Portrait of the Mountain, 2022

Charcoal, vegan ink, chalk, brush on 300gsm Hahnemuhle paper
59.4 cm x 42 cm (23.4 inches x 16.5 inches)
Unframed Original Artwork

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About the artwork:

“Caitlin Mkhasibe created three monochromatic artworks for the May 2022 ‘Synesthesia and the Student’ virtual symposium, hosted by the International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists and Scientists (IASAS). As a form of simulated/ synthetic synesthesia, two of the artworks were created outdoors, in Cape Town, South Africa. Mkhasibe used mark-making to mimic the expansive and meditative sounds of nature and its textures. The works’ mediums consist of charcoal, chalk, vegan acrylic paint and ink, brush, masking tape and gel pen on 300gsm Hahnemuhle paper.

The two outdoor works are titled, Sonic Portrait of the Sea (2022), done at Kreeftebaai / Crayfish Beach, and Sonic Portrait of a Mountain (2022), done at Silvermine Nature Reserve. These artworks used expressive, abstract marks, rather than figurative representation. The field recordings accompanying these pieces were played in Mkhasibe’s video presentation as part of the ‘Synesthesia and the Student’ symposium. Her talk also included accompanying photographs of the natural spaces, the artist working on her visual response while there and close-up images of the final artworks.

The third artwork, Drone Day Sound Work by Caitlin Mkhasibe & helo samo, made for the symposium, is a visual representation of a collaborative sound work done with artist, helo samo, for this year’s global Drone Day event, coinciding on 28 May 2022. SenSA (Sonic Exploration Southern Africa) created a compilation of participating musicians, which was live-streamed on Hamsack Radio on the day of the event”

~ Excerpt from Emergent Art Space (San Francisco)’s article, ‘The Intersection of Sight and Sound’



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