Audio Portrait Commission Project

As some of you may know I am currently working on my masters thesis which involves translating sound recordings into abstract drawings.  I’ve become fascinated by how evocative sound alone can be for stirring the visual imagination, yet in my work, I cannot escape my memory of the experience I associate with my own sound recording— the pursuit of a purely imaginative visual re-presentation of the sound itself eludes me.  As a means to explore this sound-only-inspired abstract drawing, I am initiating a short-term commission-based project called AUDIO PORTRAIT COMMISSION PROJECT. I’m curious to create works that draw only from my experience of the sound recording alone, having no personal memory of the recorded event itself.  How it works:  1. ) I receive a soundbite (or .mov) recorded by you (or not… but something that resonates with you or the person you might want to gift the image to) example: sounds of a conversation or a recording of your favourite coffee shop, the sound of your children laughing, the ocean whatever tickles your fancy.  2.) I then translate your selected audio piece into a visual score/abstract drawing).  3.) You receive an original piece of work, that you can then gift or perhaps hang on your own wall.  4.) The work is made on vintage architectural paper sourced from Berlin (as seen in image above). Graphs provide me with a point of entry and create a comprehensive framework for space and time when translating the audio piece.  5.) Paper size: 16.5″x 12″.  6.) Cost: 16.5″ x12″ (please contact for more information) *Framing+matting options are available.  Contact: justynawerbel@gmail.com

As some of you may know I am currently working on my masters thesis which involves translating sound recordings into abstract drawings.

I’ve become fascinated by how evocative sound alone can be for stirring the visual imagination, yet in my work, I cannot escape my memory of the experience I associate with my own sound recording— the pursuit of a purely imaginative visual re-presentation of the sound itself eludes me.

As a means to explore this sound-only-inspired abstract drawing, I am initiating a short-term commission-based project called AUDIO PORTRAIT COMMISSION PROJECT. I’m curious to create works that draw only from my experience of the sound recording alone, having no personal memory of the recorded event itself.

How it works:

1. ) I receive a soundbite (or .mov) recorded by you (or not… but something that resonates with you or the person you might want to gift the image to) example: sounds of a conversation or a recording of your favourite coffee shop, the sound of your children laughing, the ocean whatever tickles your fancy.

2.) I then translate your selected audio piece into a visual score/abstract drawing).

3.) You receive an original piece of work, that you can then gift or perhaps hang on your own wall.

4.) The work is made on vintage architectural paper sourced from Berlin (as seen in image above). Graphs provide me with a point of entry and create a comprehensive framework for space and time when translating the audio piece.

5.) Paper size: 16.5″x 12″.

6.) Cost: 16.5″ x12″ (please contact for more information) *Framing+matting options are available.

Contact: justynawerbel@gmail.com