Dreams present us with different images – from bizarre thought patterns, to something inspirational, something emotional and sometimes something mundane. They say dreams represent our feelings, some say they’re just merely hallucinations, or a mirror of your soul and inner desires. Dreams have different interpretations, Freud’s dream interpretation theory where he stated that dreams are representations of our repressed desires such the Oedipus complex and etc. has been disproved by many psychologists for reasons that dreams are something personal and its interpretations and associated pairs that Freud claims to represent certain things are different per individual.
Associated pairs are something that differs across cultures and living environments. You can say that your dreams and your personal interpretations are valid and are somehow more meaningful. Associated pairs aren’t only used in the realm of dreams, they are also often used in the realm of art. Check out Rene Magritte’s “the Key of Dreams”, notice how he renamed objects and paired objects with names that deviated from their arbitrary meanings.
Paintings from famous artists both in the past and present made use of their dreams as an inspiration for some popular art pieces that you might know, “the Hunter” by Joan Miró, Polish painter Zdzisław Beksiński’s paintings on nightmares, and Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”.
Like these artists when you encounter a mental block try using your dreams as a reference, after all your dreams are reflections of your thoughts – unconscious thought that may be meaningless or repetitive but maybe somehow reflect your feelings and problems – they are images and sequences unique to you. After waking up from your best mattress 2019 try sketching out your dreams, this allows you to keep tabs on your mental state and at the same time may serve as inspiration pieces for future or current art works – concept wise, style wise, and media wise giving you a complete starting point to move on from your mental block.
Vibrant, weird, packed with personality, somehow whimsical and often hazy these are the most common descriptions of the art pieces I’ve stated above – they were able to represent unconscious thoughts and bring out images that can both haunt and give you sense of surrealism and impact.