Hearing-impaired people, although able to perceive sounds through their hearing aids, still have difficulty hearing clearly. When sounds cannot be fully received, everything is observed and understood visually. In this artwork, sound is transformed into waves of colors that can be displayed visually. The special device helps translate the world of auditory stimuli into visual code and presents the situation of a hearing loss through the poetry of colors and visual metaphors.
Jia-Yu Ku was born in New Taipei City, Taiwan. She is a hearing-impaired person and currently studies at NTHU, at the department of art and design. Daily difficulties inspire her to create artworks based on conflicted feelings between environments and herself. The artworks also provide her with more convenient ways to communicate with the world.