Certificate of Authenticity –
translating your song to colour

by Sigourney Young

This month I’ve been exploring the process of creating synesthesia art. While my art comes straight from my experience of the world, I’ve found that adding some structure to my process allows me to go deeper into my synesthesia experience, and share it better!

So far I’ve written about sketching synesthesia art and painting your piece. Now we’ve arrived at my final step, creating the certificate of authenticity!

What is a Certificate of Authenticity?

Certificates of Authenticity are common across the art world and often come with original pieces of artwork. A Certificate of Authenticity is usually a document, stamp or seal that shows that the work is authentic, and a genuine piece of work by the artist rather than a copy or reproduction. It also helps for insurance purposes or for future valuation. 

When creating my Certificates of Authenticity, I wanted to communicate not only that this was an original piece of art, but also the uniqueness of the piece. I also wanted to share my synesthesia experience and use these certificates to communicate more about the artwork and the story behind it.

Once a piece is created, so too is its certificate of authenticity. Every painting sold comes with this card, which includes a description of the piece in relation to the song chosen.

What’s in each description?

The descriptions included on my certificates of authenticity are one of the most loved parts of my paintings. It’s so important to me to be able to share my synesthesia and each description has gotten more and more detailed over the years as I learn to articulate more about my experience and each small sound and colour.

Each description is a moment by moment account of the song with details about how each colour you see corresponds to the sounds of the music. In person, these descriptions are handwritten, signed and dated as part of the certificate of authenticity. You can see them digitally on the archive!

While they take a lot of time, it is so worth it for the wonderful feedback I hear. Many of my collectors have told me that the descriptions add so much to the experience. I love hearing how after gifting their piece people listen to the music and find the sounds mentioned in the card in the painting. That’s exactly the memories I want my pieces to be a part of, and I love how the descriptions of the songs, as well as the visual of the art, help you jump into the world of synesthesia.

Now that you’ve read about sketching, painting and the certificates, watch the full process!

Thanks for following along and learning about the process of creating synesthesia art! Let me know what you think or ask me anything in the comments.

Sigourney xo

February 18, 2019


I’m Sigourney

I’m a synesthesia artist that will be forever found with paint on my nose, dancing around the studio in my yoga pants. I love travel, gluten-free brownies and working from the home studio I share with my husband. My goal? To bring you into the world of synesthesia and to create a space online that celebrates the colour and meaning of music.

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