Visualising Sound Waves

Visualising Sound Waves, 2017, acrylic on latex sheets 33 x 33 cm

Visualising Sound Waves, 2017, acrylic on latex sheets 33 x 33 cm

This work was originally created for Wavelengths, a group exhibition, comprising nine contemporary female artists seeking to interpret Virginia Woolf’s Novels. The show is currently touring – See updates on Biography.

  • 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 provides a good tension, whilst retaining its elasticity and is therefore very responsive to sound vibrations.
  • Like sound it is ephemeral. It lacks resistance to oxidising agents and is damaged by the passing of time.
  • Historically, latex became a major source of natural rubber mid to late 19th century, before the textile industry turned to neoprene and spandex (also known as elastane), because of their superiority to rubber in both strength and durability.

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