As minutes, hours and days pass, one does not always notice the everyday mundane sounds that are present in the background. Sounds affect human beings both positively and negatively. Examples such as rain drops and the rustling of leaves do not only help people relax, but also can be therapeutic for those who experience and suffer from stress and anxiety. They are a form of a “safe place” or shelter, which our minds perceive as a “non-threat.” As a person who constantly deals with anxiety, I find that certain sounds from my everyday life, such as my mother’s footsteps and voice, rain, waterfalls, the chirping of birds, as well as my cat’s purrs, help calm me down. These sounds can then take on visual forms and symbols that raise awareness for sound therapy and anxiety disorders.
Chloe Maria El Khoueiri
Chloe Maria El Khoueiri is a graphic design student at Lebanese American University who will graduate in Spring 2020. Born and raised in Byblos, Lebanon, she was always mesmerized by animation and comic books. She had developed an early passion for illustration and visual arts. At the age of 10 she became interested in programs such as Adobe Photoshop, and began using them as a way not only to illustrate her imagination, but also to experiment with images she would take from her surroundings. Her current interests are concept art, photography, fashion and character design.