Carlo Fantin

Copy of Synesthesia

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Many synesthetes are unaware that their experiences are unusual until later in life when they realize that other people do not perceive things the same way they do. This was definitely the case with artist Carlo Fantin. It wasn't until his early 30s, when his wife insisted that letters and numbers do not have colors, that he came to the slow realization that everyone does not see the world the same way that he does. For as long as he can remember, he's associated colors to numbers, days of the week, people's names, and even faces. It is the association of faces with colors that inspires this show. Fantin has created a series of portraits of people using the colors that he visualizes when looking at their faces, conveying a sense of each subject's personality through color. Fantin's process involves the meticulous cutting of images out of many sheets of paper, and then layering them into complex three-dimensional representations of his subjects.