‘When I hear music I see colours. I experience loud noise as pain’

Maiden Voyage by Alex Grey
Maiden Voyage by Alex Grey

Contemporary abstract artist Alex Grey is staging her first UK solo show in Lewes.

Maiden Voyage will be exhibited at The Hop Gallery from tomorrow (Saturday) until August 17.

She has created a multisensory experience which takes viewers on a journey into sound, vision and emotion. Visitors are invited to listen through headphones to the soundscape that inspired each artwork and compare their emotional response to both simultaneously.

“All of my life has been shaped by my idiosyncratic relationship with sound,” said Alex. “I have synaesthesia, tinnitus and an auditory processing disorder. When I hear music, I see colours. I experience loud noise as pain.”

There’s the chance to meet the artist at the venue tomorrow from 12.30–2.30pm, and there will be live art performances on three ‘Sensory Saturdays’ (August 2, 9 and 16, 12.30–2.30pm). A further opportunity to see Alex’s work at the Stable Gallery, Paddock Lane, Lewes, is presented by Artwave 2014 (weekends from August 23 to September 7).