This Is A Drawing About My Relationship With White Noise,
Can You Tell?
Inktober 2019 Day 28
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead. Maybe
I’ve been sleeping next to a white noise machine for many of the last 30 years. An otherwise ungratifying college boyfriend introduced me to what is now the old fashioned beige domed fan device. I believe it is caller the Marpac Dohm Classic White Noise Sound Machine. Still very popular on Amazon and at therapists’ offices.
Before we had a baby and I felt that I might need to be able to hear screaming and alarms, I often slept with the sound machine literally next to my head. The vibration was not good, but that was the only way I could achieve the necessary intensity.
But I’ve always had a very ambivalent relationship to white noise during sleep. I really hate it. It is an absolute delight to turn the thing off, akin to the end of a session of banging ones head against the wall. But nothing else blocks all the other sounds that keep me awake.
And the soul crushing nature of the noise makes me go to sleep faster, perhaps as a defense mechanism.
I gave a lot of thought about what to draw for Inktober white noise day: TV snow screens, fans, waterfalls.... I had already drawn a waterfall poorly this month....and the other options seemed boring and inexpressive.
But the crushing aspect of shutting down ones senses seemed most evocative to me.....At least until I finished the drawing