Born with a disease called synesthesia, Melissa McCracken has always seen the world a bit differently.
“I paint music,” McCracken explains. “Until I was 15, I thought everyone constantly saw colors. Basically, my brain is cross-wired. I experience the ‘wrong’ sensation to certain stimuli…. But the most wonderful ‘brain malfunction’ of all is seeing the music I hear. It flows in a mixture of hues, textures and movements, shifting as if it were a vital and intentional element of each song. Having synesthesia isn’t distracting or disorienting. It adds a unique vibrance to the world I experience.”
As an artist, McCracken paints the songs that she hears. From Jimi Hendrix to John Mayer, each piece shows a different song and the colors she sees when she hears it.
To see more of McCracken’s fascinating work, visit her website.