After some years of not remembering my dreams, a few months ago I had a very lucid dream that gave birth to a new series of paintings. The content of the dream is not as important as the transformative energy it brought forth.
Carl Jung explained dreams as a kind of “shaped energy,” not yet fully formed emotions or thoughts released by the subconscious and poured into narratives by higher regions of the brain. Modern psychologists and neurologists, armed with imaging equipment have taken things to a more technical level, speculating that dreaming is the brain’s way of dumping excess data, consolidating important information, keeping us alert to danger etc.
For an artist, I believe, dreams can be an inexhaustible fountain of inspiration and expressing them a way to self reflect in a deep and transformative way. It brings me great joy to put down on paper and canvas the images from the lotus pond dream.