Opus 21, “Number Synesthesia White”


A paraphrased excerpt from Cano Ozgener’s First Book of Art best explains this work: “My inspiration to paint geometric shapes and numbers including pi (and letters) in color came from two sources: my high school days and visits to art galleries and museums. At Saint Joseph School, the elite, private French academy in Istanbul that I attended, we would memorize everything—from the fables of La Fontaine to the secrets of Pascal’s triangle, and the first fifty digits of pi. Voila! The idea of painting numbers with color came alive!

I started the first series (Opus 21, Number Synesthesia 1; Opus 22, Number Synesthesia 8; and Opus 23, Number Synesthesia) choosing random colors for numbers. Then I discovered the phenomenon of synesthesia whereby some people perceive a sensory event in a second sense. A common occurrence for a synesthetic person is to see letters or numbers as specific colors. I tried to determine the colors they associated with numbers, but my research indicated that this was random—different people saw different colors for the same number.

Drawing on my background in engineering, I wanted to create a color association based on science. Therefore, I selected the visible light spectrum as the basis of color selection—red for one, orange for two, etc. Naturally speaking, this corresponds to the color pattern of the rainbow. Yoga practitioners will see the same color progression represented in the chakra system.

To me there is science in art and art in science. Through this concept of Number Synesthesia and eventually Pi Synesthesia, I have integrated science, math, and art.”

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Silkscreen and Oil Paint on Canvas


25.5 x 40.5", plus frame