In Galerie Stephanie’s “Visual Diary: Synesthesia,” Gabby Prado shows how creativity grows and thrives despite—or because of—challenges posed by her hearing disability.
A recent graduate of University of the Philippines Diliman, Prado’s works, according to art writer Grace Oreiro, “have a sense of emotion that are similar to Michaelangelo’s, Klee’s and Van Gogh’s artworks.” Coincidentally all three artists had disabilities.
“Her works are reflective of her experience with seeing colors through sounds, signifying another condition she had —synesthesia,” said Oreiro.
Prado said: “Without my hearing aid, I saw sound as something brown and plain. But when I wore my hearing aid, I saw how it changed into different colors and patterns—glowing, intense and more pronounced. I heard the street noise. It was spectacular, with orange, yellow, and violet colors. It confused me at first… but even so, I kept staring at the scene and couldn’t help but enjoy [and] reminisce the colors.” —CONTRIBUTED
“Visual Diary: Synesthesia” will open July 25, 6 p.m., at Galerie Stephanie, 4/F, Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong City.
Exhibit will run until Aug. 11. Tel. 9405726; email inquiry.