The relationship between music and painting is old.
In artistic definitions, painting is often placed alongside the visual arts such as architecture and sculpture, but painting has always been linked to music. One of the subjects of Iranian painting and Chinese painting is musical performance. The convergence of Iranian music and painting is understandable since both groups of Iranian painters and musicians have often dealt with mystics.
Today, much research has been carried out on the relationship between Iranian painting and literature (especially poetry), but there is still a vacuum in the research on the relationship between Iranian painting and music.
One of the people who has shown this connection well in her works is Yalda Dousti; a young and talented Iranian artist, painter and designer.
Recently, she created a new collection in which she used her mystical experiences inspired by listening to the unique music of an Iranian song by Master Mohammad Reza Shajarian.
The name of this collection of works of art is “Call me on demand”, which according to Yalda herself is taken from the desperate whisper of her only lover.
This collection is a kind of manifestation of the meanings and concepts of mysticism in the art of abstract painting, which emanated from the imperial sounds of Master Shajarian from the divine source of God.
And this problem has pushed this artist to decide to donate around 60 to 70% of the costs of selling her works, including the income that will be drawn from this “Call Me” collection in her future gallery, to charities and to charities. needy people to bless. this carpenter and The feeling of a romantic and mystical relationship with God will reach all his fellow men.
But the link between music and art is best explained by the idea of synesthesia or sensory displacement at the end of the 19th century. According to this idea, perception in one direction can manifest in another direction. Color is considered to be an important part of the power of perception, and according to studies, seeing colors we can hear certain sounds, just like listening to music, colors can crystallize inside emotions.
Synesthesia is a specific neurological condition in which stimulation of one of the five senses or neural pathways leads to unconscious and unexpected experiences in another sense or pathway. In other words, people with common sense or synaesthetes are those whose senses are connected.
When it comes to masterpieces of art, people are divided into two groups: those who have the ability to understand art and those who can represent it perfectly. Many renowned artists and musicians are synaesthetes. Farrell Williams is one of them, and it is a good justification for attributing the name “Seeing Sounds” to one of his albums and that of his group. Artists such as Tori Amos, Eddie van Halen, Billy Joel, and Kenny West have various forms of synesthesia.
The same goes for Yalda Dousti, who has recently become very famous for her paintings; She is an artist who sees music in a wonderful way. She is a synaesthete. Music enters the ears of the yaldas and appears as colors on the canvas. Yalda believes that all human beings have this ability in one way or another, and only the concentration and immersion between the steps of the music or the texture of the colors that combine to reinforce this characteristic.
In her case, Shajarian’s music penetrated her soul like a divine whisper and separated her from earthly life. On the other hand, the “Call Me” collection can also be an interpretation of an invitation from God to join and flow in his light, that Yalda rushed to this invitation with all her love and soul, leaves to lose his life. and leave the material world. Because for her, this end is in fact the beginning of a union with her beloved.