Music is Art: Especially in Michigan

Matthew D. Anderson's avatar Matthew D. Anderson

“Music is Art: Especially in Michigan” is a painting that visually represents the notes played in the Red Hot Chili Peppers song of the same name. This artwork was inspired by the perceptual phenomenon, synesthesia, which is experienced when an individual has an overlapping sensory experience. The Michigan-based artist, Matthew D. Anderson, who himself experiences synesthesia and has the involuntary ability to “smell” things he sees, was inspired to create a holistic sensory experience for the viewer. The song was selected for its representation of Michigan and Grand Rapids, the hometown of the band’s lead singer. Colors were associated with each note, and were selected to represent various regional food items from the state. A special beer is also in development to "pair" with this painting. Essentially, you can see, hear, smell, and taste this piece. And while you shouldn’t touch it, that sense is represented through the use of oil paint, which creates a textured finish.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1.5"
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas
  • Width: 36"
  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: 36"