I’ve recently returned to visual art after a much needed hiatus. I will be posting new paintings, sculptures, photographs, and collages as I see fit, but first wanted to outline a new long-term project entitled Dream Objects.
Dream Objects is a project that will span the next few years, as well as reaching a few years into the past. I’ve been fascinated with dream logic and the narratives told in dreams for over a decade, and have often incorporated my dreams into my written and visual material (notably the short film Dove Sta Amore, which offers the most dream appearances in one place to date). I’ve kept a record of notable dreams for a while, but have only recently been keeping them in one notebook by my bed, writing down all of my dreams, however mundane they may seem at the time, as well as taking notes on possible interpretations, interesting juxtapositions, and, most importantly, dream objects.
A dream object is an object or group of objects that becomes the centerpoint of a dream. Many times these will be things that do not exist in the waking world (an aim of this project is to remedy that) or odd juxtapositions of a few objects. A parallel can be found in the Dadaist’s found objects, of which I consider the dream objects to be a part of, found in the unconscious as opposed to “reality”.
Over the next few years I will create and document these objects for inclusion in a book entitled Dream Objects. The book will feature the created object beside the corresponding dream journal entry. Below is the first example of a dream object (better photographs to come once I get my camera fixed).
The Miro Bible comes from a dream encounter with the artist Joan Miro in a forest. I was in a tight clearing as Miro approached. He pulled a retractable ladder from his coat pocket and used it to climb a tree. At the top of this tree was a large beehive, into which Miro whispered something I could not hear. He plunged his fist into the hive and produced this bible without getting stung. Once back on the ground he licked it clean of honey and hive fragments before presenting it to me with the words “and you’ll be needing this” before collapsing his ladder and walking back the way he came.
This dream occurred many years ago, while I was living in Goldsboro, North Carolina. I’ve recreated the bible to the best of my memory and ability. Just after I initially had the dream I created a version that I mailed to poet and musician Christopher Gorrie (Boychick, Retra). I will have him send photographs of my original creation to compare to my recent iteration.
Objects from more recent dreams that I have created extensive notes on to ensure accuracy include: a bed made entirely of living moths, an altered gas mask, and a pair of gloves covered in nails.
I will continue to post updates on this project as they occur.