Colors of Sound by Nicolle Cure

Nicolle Cure is a Colombian-American artist living and working in Miami, FL. She was born and raised in the seaside of Barranquilla, Colombia and moved to the U.S. when she was 17 years old.  Always inspired by art and design, she studied Computer Arts Animation at the Miami Dade College and then obtained a Bachelor of Advertising from the University of Florida. She also holds academic certificates from the Sotheby's Institute of Art.  Her background has allowed her to interact with many aspects of juxtaposed cultures which in turn, encouraged her to create works based on these experiences, world travels, and her own personal emotions. 

Nicolle was selected as the sole recipient of the 'Leaders with Disabilities' Scholarship Award* to attend the Americans for the Arts' 2018 National Arts Marketing Project Conference in Seattle, WA.  Read My Hearing Loss Journal for additional info.


After experiencing sudden unilateral deafness in 2017, I was in extreme pain and isolation. During the first months after losing my hearing, I used to wake up to the sudden sensation that everything around me was spinning (vertigo), this lasted minutes and left my body weak for the rest of the day. In addition, any slight body movement would make me feel dizzy and nauseated. Naturally, I was resting in bed most of the time and I could not do the one thing that gave me joy—painting, my passion. I was extremely depressed as well as anxious, with mood swings. It was difficult to move freely or be in an optimal "state-of-mind", and this was devastating.

HOW THE ‘COLORS OF SOUND’ WAS BORN

One day, something incredible happened; I ironically turned to sound to lift my creative spirit. My partner Felipe, who is a music producer and sound engineer, showed me the range of frequencies that I was no longer able to hear anymore.

It was a bizarre experience to be able to see on a screen the sound waves and frequencies that I could not hear. When I looked at the frequencies, I saw patterns. Seeing the sound allowed me to capture emotions and moods. 

I decided I had to make an effort to go back to my studio in order to create and communicate. This is how the painting collection, “The Colors of Sound,” was born. I used acrylic inks and paint to mimic the energy and movement of the sound waves. I chose vibrant colors to create an uplifting, positive message, or darker colors for a more somber tone. With the paintings I wanted to explore the relationship between sound and life, to consider how we make sense of our surroundings through what we can hear.