Art takes on many forms, from the musical to the written to the visual. Yet, at its heart lies the insuppressible human need to express the feelings of joy, suffering, hope, bleakness, courage, doubt, and all the other desired and undesired emotions of human life. The essence of art is the ability for one person to feel in his heart, legs, fingers, and toes, the entirety of what another feels. Art then, becomes an emotional dialogue between person and person, and a way of understanding that the human condition and all it encompasses rests within us all.
It is essential that the artist, the conveyor of emotion, chooses the best artistic form to transmit his feelings to others so that little is lost in translation. Traditionally, one artistic form is chosen; but at times, combining multiple forms allows for a better expression of feeling.
Lhasa Mencur, a British composer, and I have decided to pair his musical composition “Snow Tear” with my watercolor painting “Winter.” The minimalist and hollow sound of the musical piece evokes feelings of coldness and gentleness, which are echoed in the cool-toned winter landscape. By appreciating the two pieces at the same time, there is a melding of the visual and auditory senses, allowing you to see what you hear and hear what you see.
Check out Lhasa Mencur’s music here!