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Music is created in space, as is visual art. It uses neurological tensions to consciously or unconsciously create a dialogue between the listener and the music. The same emotions happen in art. Music, as well as visual art, has density, transparency, and weight. They each have varying emotions associated with them. The translation of music into art is an expression or statement by the artist of what she perceives the tension and language of the music to be. In other words, this is my translation of musical vibrations into visual equivalents. With the Schoenberg Drawings, I am following through with the history of the synesthesic* experience between music and the visual arts.

Visual Interpretation of Arnold Schoenberg’s
Six Little Piano Pieces, op. 19
(Sechs Kleine Klavierstuck, op. 19)

Graphite & Crayon on Mylar  24" x 18"
Graphite & Crayon on Mylar  24" x 18"
Graphite & Crayon on Mylar  24" x 18"
Graphite & Crayon on Mylar  24" x 18"
Graphite & Crayon on Mylar  24" x 18"
Graphite & Crayon on Mylar  24" x 18"

Some of the artists that have been greatly influenced either as a visual artist by music or dance, or as a musician by a piece of visual art are: Klee, Hockney, Kandinsky, Degas, Seurat, Dufy, Marsden Hartley, Arthur Dove, and of course the subject of this project, Schoenberg. As others before me have interpreted the sound of music in various visual forms, I have interpreted Schoenberg”s Six Little Piano Pieces, op. 19 as drawings. I have used the sensuous, creamy surface of Mylar as the support, and graphite, with watercolor crayon as the tools for these drawings.

In the works displayed, Schoenberg’s dodecaphonic** system (12 tone) of composition creates a free-tonal reflection of line marking with the playful, tuneful quality evident in the dramatic strokes of the graphite, and bold, yet at times soft, addition of color. It gives a direct pictorial representation of the discordant sounds. Rhythm repeated by staccato marks, long held straight lines, twitters of color among the drama of the bold graphite give each piece it’s own life.

Mary Ince,  May 2006

* Synesthesia: (syn-es-the-sia). Sensations produced at a point other than or remote from the point of stimulation, as of a color from hearing a certain sound.

** Dodecaphony: also known as twelve-tone technique, is a method of musical composition devised by Arnold Schoenberg. He described the system as a “method of composing with 12 notes which are related only to one another.”

Unfinished Score
Acrylic, ink, enamel, graphite on paper 51”x101”
Hindemuth Wind Quintet
Acrylic, ink, charcoal, graphite on paper  56”x83”

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