Artist Profile: J. Quinn

Seeing sounds as colour from an artist with synesthesia

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J. Quinn by J QuinnARTXV

J. Quinn

I am an artist from Nashville, Tennessee.

I have a rare neurological condition called synesthesia that influences my work, where information that is meant to stimulate one of the senses stimulates several of the senses.

WATERMELON SUGAR - HARRY STYLES by J. QuinnARTXV

Being a synesthete...

I see sounds, music, feelings, and voices as colour.

SHE - HARRY STYLES, J. Quinn, From the collection of: ARTXV
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DYING 4 YOUR LOVE - SNOH AALEGRA, J. Quinn, From the collection of: ARTXV
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GIRL - THE INTERNET by J. QuinnARTXV

I am passionate about...

introducing emotion and humanity into the digital space and to show just how vibrant the world can be through the eyes of someone with autism.

FISHBOWL - ALESSIA CARA by J. QuinnARTXV

When I'm creating...

I can get things out more clearly. It is the only way I've really ever been able to accurately describe my autism and the differences I experienced growing up. 

LUMOS MAXIMA by J. QuinnARTXV

A lot of my art comes from old pots and pans...

I use the copper on the bottom and use different angles and light reflections with it.

It really reflects my synesthesia and how I see things with textures that flash across my eyes whenever I experience a sensation.

ROSEGOLD - ASHLEY MONROE by J. QuinnARTXV

I have major sensory issues because of my autism...

so I have aversions to different textures and touch. It was frustrating at first because the different touches of paint were too much for my body, so I was very lost for a while until the age of digital art.

The first time I went on photoshop, something just clicked within me.

WAVES - MIGUEL by J. QuinnARTXV

I hope my art gives some sense that...

you’re not alone, that other people are going through the same things and have experienced it.

That’s why I think ARTXV is so big, because it gives that representation that hasn’t really been there before - and an accurate one - we are autistic and expressing our art.

THESE WALLS - KENDRICK LAMAR by J. QuinnARTXV

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