The Auracle is a 30×40” charcoal and graphite drawing on watercolor board. It is a companion piece to my wearable tuning fork instrument, the Overtone Crown. The figure in the drawing is life-size and so can function as a kind of mirror to the viewer-listener. The title is a combination of the words “auricle” (the anatomical term for the outer ear) and “oracle” (a person or place which offers wisdom, hidden knowledge, or divine communication).

I sketched the initial ideas for these pieces in my notebook during my Sound, Voice, and Music Healing classes at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
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I scanned in and refined the sketch on the computer to serve as my guide for drawing.
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Overlaying a one-inch grid on the mockup, I transferred the sketch to the watercolor board.
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Drawing in progress, a combination of realistic anatomy and symbolic forms.
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Laying in charcoal for the darkest forms. The larger outlines of the ears represent an expansive sense of listening.
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Dashed lines from the ears indicate intentional, directed listening.
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The dotted circles are visualizations of sound emanating from the forks, throat, and heartbeat.
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A looping form connects the eyes and the ears, implying the connection between sight and sound.
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A time-lapse of the rendering process.
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The Auracle and the Overtone Crown available this month at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. My intention with these pieces is to give the viewer-listener the experience of being enveloped in music played live by a performer, while using the visual art as a tool for contemplation, reflection, and imaginative journeying.
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This post originally appeared on Periscope Project, the online component of my de Young residency.