Dream Study No. 1
Sketches & First Experiment
As you fall asleep you find yourself low to the ground: you’re not a person, you can’t see your body or what you are, and you’re in a space filled with rudimentary objects. Even though you don’t have a physical body you have a sense of self, as though the lack of a physical being has made you hyper-aware of every emotion. There’s a path that you need to follow. You don’t know what’s off the edge of the space but you know not to find out. As you get closer you are hit with an uneasy feeling.
You feel like you are on a track... the speed and direction and the distance between you and the object are the only things present.
Dreams/Subconscious/Collective Conscious/Creating a universe
Carl Jung’s Red Book contains over two hundred illustrations that attempt to explain the subconscious; he believed that symbols are innate. When looking at the Red Book, it is important to bear in mind that dream analysis was not, in Jung's mind, the most goal of this work. Part journal, part mythology, the Red Book was intended to shows how Jung linked the psychology and science of his time with tradition.
Different cultures and religions have studied and interpreted dreams for centuries, and as a species, we are prone to trying to make sense of our subconscious. Typically, western cultures see dreams as representations of real life. Freud and Carl Jung both look at the interpretation of dreams as symbolic and explanatory of something larger that is occurring in the real world. In common culture, however, dreaming is seen as an integral part of life; the are experienced but not necessarily analyzed. Because psychoanalysts look at dreams from a scientific perspective; we now recognize that dreams can be important in learning more about the inner-self, and in learning to read our subconscious.
Collage has been a medium of choice in Surrealism since the movement started.
It’s a form of image creation that is almost like stream of consciousness writing, which is why it’s fitting to this concept.
What are dreams that everyone has? Falling, flying running.
How can I portray these symbolically? As feelings? What is the aesthetic or imagery of dreaming?
Dream Space No. 1: Waterlillies
How can I challenge the spectator? How can I play with the freedom of movement or field of vision?
Proportion/ distortion, etc.
Create a place where the story happens instead of only representing the story, and combining many different media.
Make scenes that are recognizable for several fundamental elements (mountain, sky, bird, nothing else)
Use symbolic objects
I would show these scenes in indoor and outdoor spaces, and continue to experiment with perspective and the spectator's POV by moving these experiments into real life and increasing their scale and scope