Conor O'Sullivan
Visual Arts and Design

Series of acrylic paintings exploring the experiences of a synesthete (person with synesthesia) in interacting with the world, in addition to an exploration of the human senses rendered through both visual and textural interpretations.


Your brain usually interprets signals from the eyes as light, and those from the ears as sound. But a few people experience sounds as colours, smells as colours or even colours as smells. Around one in a hundred people have some form of this ‘mixing of the senses’ or synaesthesia. Almost any combination of two of the five senses is possible, although it is most common to see a certain colour when you hear a particular sound.


What is synaethesia? (n.d.). retrieved from