Meet Melissa McCracken Who Paints Sound Because of Her Neurological Condition

Melissa McCracken paints music. Because of a neurological condition called synesthesia, which affects 4 percent of people, McCracken sees color in music, numbers, and days of the week "as if they had a set point in space," she writes.

 

I like what I do

A post shared by Melissa McCracken (@melissamccrack) on

Involuntarily, McCracken sees colors when she hears sounds because her specific synesthesia is called chromesthesia, which crosses brain wires differently than the average person, HelloGiggles reports.

"Until I was 15, I thought everyone constantly saw colors. Colors in books, colors in math formulas, colors at concerts. But when I finally asked my brother which color the letter C was (canary yellow, by the way) I realized my mind wasn’t quite as normal as I had thought," McCraken said.

Her Instagram is flooded with her gorgeous images. Check out a few below and follow her account for more inspiring posts:

 

Creative block for too too long

A post shared by Melissa McCracken (@melissamccrack) on

 

I've bought oonnee new marker

A post shared by Melissa McCracken (@melissamccrack) on

 

Remember this colorful guy? Well, we've got prints now! (link in bio)

A post shared by Melissa McCracken (@melissamccrack) on

 

Ooey gooey closeup

A post shared by Melissa McCracken (@melissamccrack) on

NEXT: British Designer Paints Dress With These Powerful Statements About Her Body »

Related Stories:
This Painter Addresses Sexual Harassment in the Most Creative Way
Artist Laura Owens On the Origin of a Painting

Photo Credit: Instagram/ @melissamccrack

Gallery