- The simultaneous
existence of nightmares
and lucid dreaming
My product is contemporary wallpaper designed to be used in bars or cafes that want to give a sophisticated yet very quirky image. My product would be aimed at those establishments catering for the 25 to 40 year old age bracket. The wallpaper is designed to spark imagination and conversation and to be used as a central piece to an establishment.
The scientific study of dreaming is called Oneirology, the study of dreams has existed since the 17th Century and has baffled scientists for hundreds of years as it is a complex part of the human body that is impossible to explore, as subconscious thoughts cannot be scientifically recorded; only retold by the dreamer.
The most significant study on dreams has to be Sigmund Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams (1899) in which he explores scientific theories of dreaming which he believes unreliable and understudied, he then attempts to decipher dreams using his own psychological theories; he even uses his own dreams as examples and those of his patients. Freud believed that through dreaming, the unconscious mind is allowing oneself to release thoughts which are in the conscious everyday mind repressed, therefore whether the dream be pleasant or unpleasant these thoughts can only be carried out whilst asleep because of their often taboo or disturbing nature. I have incorporated Freud’s theory of the Ego in my work by using self portraits, Freud's study of the Ego brought to light the importance of the self in dreams, where we seek to fulfill what we cannot gain in everyday life, the Ego seeks to please the self in realistic ways, putting oneself first, above all else.
My subject of a dream comes from a fascination with the surreal, and surrealism as an art form. There seems to be such a wide scope to work from when using surrealism as a theme and using dreams as the subject to my work only broadens this scope. I wanted to have enough free range to expand my ideas beyond the norm for interior textiles. Being inspired by the art of Salvador Dali I wished to create my own surreal interpretations of dreams using the everyday images representing the lucid dream or the conscious dream where we are aware of our dream state, against nightmares, in which we often lose control and our thoughts are intruded by those repressed thoughts which Sigmund Freud wrote about. I have used several images of animals in my work, this is to express the idea of the alternate universe that is the dream, some of the animals are much lager than life and some are shown as having their own thoughts and voices.