Pointillism (2011)

This series of interactive works came about during a residency at the Public Art Academy in Williamsport, PA. The installation version had two wands moved by the viewer which determined the dot size and opacity through the readings of ping sonar sensors (which return distance information). I wrote versions to put online so that everyone could play! Visually, they are a reference to the process of mental imagery. Sometimes time can sharpen the image, while other times it may obscure it, with factors of stress, the other senses, and psychological pressure playing their parts. The images are from my That Which Cannot Be Said With Words series, which are experiments with various forms of light, as I seek to make images that have some aesthetic resemblance to the synesthetic visuals I experience in my mind's eye.

Your mouse pointer location determines the opacity and size of the dots. Choose one of these images to digitally paint it with pointillism! These interactive pieces require Java on a laptop or desktop computer. I'm working on investigating ways to make the coding output more willing to work on more platforms and devices, given the changes in the way Java installs and requests security measures in the last two years. Thus, these aren't running at their best! If you don't have this setup, scroll down for images snapped during the process!

Pointillism in progress #1

Synesthesia Pointillism by Carrie C Firman

Pointillism in progress #2

Synesthesia Pointillism by Carrie C Firman

Pointillism in progress #3

Synesthesia Pointillism by Carrie C Firman

Pointillism in progress #4

Synesthesia Pointillism by Carrie C Firman

Original Image

Synesthesia Pointillism by Carrie C Firman