ABSTRACTED TIME LINES
Will Howell is a Calandar Synesthete. For as long as he can remember he has experienced time in visual form (a series of complex shapes and colours on a mis-shapen circle that rotates around him) but until recently assumed the same was true for everyone. Until he came upon an article in New Scientist, describing a relatively recently discovered form of Synesthesia.
Having a background in illustration Will started trying to draw what he sees in his mind, to see what it looked like once down on paper. He describes the challenge as "trying to remember a dream, or chase a fleck of dust in your eye ... as soon as you try to look at it, it disappears."
These paintings are an extension of those original drawings and come about through working in a highly concentrated but semi dreamlike state. They are instinctive and visceral. Will works with layers of texture, scratches and drawn marks to solidify what he sees in his mind's eye. Each painting symbolises a year, with daubs of colour in shapes that represent months, seasons and relevant events, both past and approaching. They have a movement to them, just like time turning and moments tumbling past, but they travel beyond their origination into abstracted compositions with their own rhythm.