Visualising Sound Waves

Visualising Sound Waves, 2018, acrylic on latex sheets 33 x 33 cm

Visualising Sound Waves considers sound as visual perception.

This work was created for Wavelengths, a group show comprising nine contemporary female artists responding to Virginia Woolf’s novel.

Woolf and sound:

  • In her Novel The Waves, Woolf is thought to be ‘writing to a rhythm and not to a plot’. She was listening to Beethoven as she wrote and drew from his work structurally.
  • Woolf also listened to the radio as her husband, Leonard, was a regular broadcaster.
  • The sounds of war, air-raid warnings, the buzz of low-flying planes, the noises of bombs exploding and glass tinkling, the rate of machine-guns and anti-aircraft fire were all a common occurrence. (Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life By Julia Briggs)


Latex sheets, sand, white spray paint, homemade amplifier


When a note is played, the taut latex vibrates and the sand hovers above it to form a shape that corresponds to the frequency created by the note.

Spray the paint. Once the paint has dried, the area with the sand is wiped off, leaving the negative of the shape.

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