By: Valerie Parrish
For my installation, the participant was encouraged to listen to the sound piece and get their creative juices flowing. There was a big piece of drawing paper and drawing utensils on a table in front of them and they were asked to draw a picture that they felt best represented what they heard. This installation helps to make the connection that music inspires art and art inspires music.
The sound file I created for my final installation was a compilation of different sounds of Creative Commons. I layered sounds to make an entirely new sound. For the installation, I played the music for my audience and had them draw on a single sheet of paper. To create this project, it took me several hours to create the file. I wanted to make sure that the file sounded smooth and flowed well together. In the end, the sound piece came together and it was ready to play for my audience at Divine Consign for the First Friday Art Walk. I played it through my speakers using my iPod.
As the participant sat down at the installation, they were required to really listen to the sound piece to make it a successful visit. They were placed in front of a drawing board and drawing utensils and were asked to draw what they heard. The installation forced the participant to visualize the music and to think creatively. Even if someone wasn’t artistic, the music inspired. Whether it was an intricate drawing or simple lines, it all represented the notes and sounds they heard.
Statement of Purpose
As an artist, I always listen to music when I am producing artwork. It helps to inspire and get the creative juices flowing. My goal was to get people thinking creatively and to visualize the music. Everyone has a connection to music in different ways and I wanted a visual representation of that. Each individual has a different level of creativity compared to others and I wanted to explore that.
My influences for this installation was my drawing class. I love to draw and have been drawing since I can remember. But recently I’ve been producing a lot more creative pieces than before. I wanted to create and installation that I could relate to personally and benefit from, rather than an idea I was settling with. Seeing how the final drawing from the installation came out is what I was excited for. I created the sound piece and I wanted to see how people interpreted it because it might not have been the same as how I saw it.
Fit Within Larger Notion of Aesthetics
There was a similar project in the class, they were asked to write a short story about what they heard. His actual sound piece was a lot different than mine. But as of right now, I haven’t heard anything like mine before. My installation got people thinking creatively and hopefully encouraged them to think of music as art or that music is more than notes and words. Music has always unified people. I wanted my work to make people forget about the world, their problems, and relieve any stress building up inside of them.
Materials & Methodology
I downloaded all of my sound files off of creative commons and edited it through Garageband. My art resources I brought from my house. As I was making the sound piece, I visualized what I was hearing. To decide what sounds to use, I picked sounds I liked and could visualize in my head. There was no purpose behind any of the sounds or intention of a storyline. It’s simply a collection of sounds that I enjoyed and thought flowed well together. As for this website, I used WordPress and wrote all of the information in my artist statement in a blog post.
My goal for this installation is to get people thinking creatively. The drawing at the end of the installation, I hoped to be full of different images with a similar theme. Even though they may be different images, they all have a similar theme because all participants are listening to the same sound file. After the event, the drawing turned out to be really cool! Everyone had different interpretations of what the sound looked like to them. There were some drawings that were somewhat similar, but overall there was a lot of variety.
I love all forms of art. Drawing is one of my main art forms I engage in and I wanted to involve it with my sound piece. I previously had a different idea for my installation, but I wasn’t excited about it. Once I thought of this idea, I immediately changed it. When I draw, I always have some type of music or background noise going. It helps to inspire me and gets me thinking creatively. I wanted my audience to experience the same and be encouraged to think creatively. The success of this installation can be determined by the outcome of the drawing. The drawing turned out to be better than I could have imagined. Though, my favorite part was watching each participant think about the music. You could see their mind going and them tapping into their creative side. Some individuals even closed their eyes and furrowed their brows while they concentrated. Everyone was listening to what their heart was saying and was imagining images that were evoked by the music. That, by far, was my favorite part.