Issue Twelve
Artist Profile 

Quin de la Mer

San Francisco, CA, USA

Quin de la Mer is a conceptual artist based primarily in California. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Currently, she is a Doctoral student in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at CIIS where she is combining philosophical enquiry with artistic practice. She has exhibited work nationally and internationally in gallery settings and public forums, been an artist in residence in the U.S. and abroad, and has been a featured artist in print and web magazines globally. Her works reside in several private and public permanent collections.


As a synesthete Quin perceives sound as a visual-tactile experience. Furthermore, she hears, smells, and tastes visual input. Synesthesia is a perceptual phenomenon that Quin considers a gift that allows her to generate complex creative activities. In Quin’s making process, new work begins as an idea followed by experiential research and place-related experience. This leads to decisions regarding appropriate media related to the seed idea. Making work in the studio begins when Quin enters non-ordinary reality by listening to shamanic drumming. While remaining in a liminal state of awareness, Quin produces art sustained by motivation to communicate what is unseen but is surely present. She creates visual music, visual poetry, visual conversations, and visual narratives to lead the viewer on a meta-reflective journey.