This work began with a series of extended research sessions into dreams and Dream Theory, leading to the formulation of a simple set of questions: Why do we dream of places we’ve never visited, people we've never met, experiences we’ve never had, landscapes that don’t exist? What is the significance of the duality between the convincing reality we experience when awake and the reality we are equally convinced by, when asleep? What might the latent and manifest content of dreams reveal about the nature of reality?
To explore these questions visually I drew on influences from the medieval imagination of Hieronymus Bosch, the anthropic reasoning of Nick Bostrom, the psychoanalytic theory of C.J. Jung, the metaphysical painters; Giorgio de Chirico and Carlo Carrà, the surrealist work of Max Ernst, the naïve art of Henri Rousseau and the supernatural events depicted in Botticelli’s Forest of Ravenna series.
Is a fundamental archetypal language being expressed in dreams? Are we experiencing nested simulations? Is there a connection between psychosis and revelation? Can we glimpse the fundamental structure underlying a reality that seems so familiar yet we understand so poorly?
This series of composite images seeks to represent aspects of these questions through an exploration of the non-places of dreams.