Dreams have always played an important part in my life. I love how our brains analyze and interpret information, experiences, thoughts and the imagination, blurring them all together to create something beautiful, haunting or something in-between. I believe that dreams do have a spiritual component to them, that God does use dreams to help me grow as a person, to inspire me or to remind me of what is important in life. There are plenty of Bible passages that reference God speaking to people through dreams, and I believe that this is no different today than it was back then.
I find it interesting how dreams have influenced my day to day life, that a lot of what I’ve found myself taking in musically within the past couple of years is ethereal, spacey music. Instrumental musicians that I love, such as Explosions in the Sky, Tycho, Rachel’s and Port Blue, seem to create an open space for listeners just to exist and imagine, a similar kind of feeling I seem to have in my dreams. A fair amount of of my favorite films and television shows, such as Donnie Darko, Adventure Time, Over the Garden Wall and the Tree of Life, seem to have a similar surreal and otherworldly quality to them.
About a month prior to starting this project, I decided to keep a notebook by my bedside to write down my dreams as soon as I wake up or remember them. I got the idea after reading an interview with the musician Helios, who kept a dream journal and contacted the artist Matthew Woodson to create album artwork based on dreams of his. Since I am always looking for new inspiration for both my art and music, I thought that the idea of writing down my dreams would be an excellent idea.
I eventually decided to create three separate screenprints to represent some of my most recent interesting dreams. All three prints feature three squares that show an image from a dream of mine. I decided to keep the line work, patterns and textures much more organic looking due to the final project being a collection of screenprints. While I did use Photoshop and Illustrator to help even out a lot of the edges, I did keep some of the roughness that was in the original images. I also wanted the content of the prints to speak for themselves, so I decided to rely only on two colors for the final product.
While dreams may just be a part of “everyday life”, I think that there can be something special, revealing and hopeful from them. My intention was for these same feelings to come through my screenprints in order to connect with my audience. I like to think that they will continue to not just inspire my work, but me as a person.