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Music is Art: Especially in Michigan

Matthew D. Anderson's avatar Matthew D. Anderson

“Music is Art: Especially in Michigan” is designed to engage all 5 of your senses. This artwork was inspired by the perceptual phenomenon, synesthesia, which is when an individual has an overlapping sensory experience, like "tasting" sound. The Michigan-based artist, Matthew D. Anderson, who himself experiences synesthesia, was inspired to create a holistic sensory experience for the viewer. The painting visually represents the notes in the song, “Especially in Michigan,” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It was selected for its representation of Michigan and Grand Rapids. Colors were associated with each note, and were selected to represent various regional food items from the state, like Traverse City Cherries, Mackinaw Island Fudge, Detroit’s Stroh’s Vanilla Ice Cream, and a campfire marshmallow, as well as Michigan Winter Wheat and Lake Michigan Water. All of these notes are represented in the specially crafted beer pairing, “Beer is Art” designed by Anderson and Atwater’s Brewmaster.

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