What is the connection between dreaming and the creative process? This is a question I’ve been exploring for most of my life.
Professionally, I am an artist, cross-cultural trainer and Japan specialist. As a result, I have learned to take a broad approach to imagery in general, and to dreams in particular. I treat dreams and the artistic imagination as real places with their own unique languages, customs and geography.
I believe that much of the dream experience can never be fully translated into waking life, but through the arts we can invite the transformative energies of the dream into waking life, invigorating the creative process and enriching our lives.
I approach all of my work with dreams through the arts, firmly grounding myself in the work of my hands and the plasticity of the materials. In particular, I like to work with watercolor and collage because of their transient fluid nature which echoes the elusive movement of dreams.
Ever since I was a child, I have regularly used dream incubation to gain invaluable visual and spatial insights into the creative process. The resulting dreams then inform, guide and choreograph the movement of feeling and imagery into my art.
Through the language of form and feeling, I believe that we are able to enter into the dream while awake and explore what we find there in a way that is ultimately healing for us, as well as for the images themselves.
I’m pleased to announce that these two paintings will be on display in the juried dream art exhibition at the International Association for the Study of Dreams conference in Chicago from June 26 – June 30. I look forward to seeing many of you there!