‘Views from the unconscious’
A series of dream-like images created using photography, photomontage and digital art.
Just like dreams, art has the power to influence our thoughts, emotions and behaviours. Psychoanalysis is a method of studying the human mind and the motivations behind our behaviour based upon exploration of the unconscious. It’s most valuable source of material can be found within our dreams, reflecting both our inner and outer life. Contrary to Freud’s belief, I believe our dreams are not exclusively comprised of wish fulfilment fantasies, nor are they just surreal scenes randomly thrown together from memories. Dreams are a visual way of addressing the worries, problems and desires from everyday life, and by using symbols and metaphors can convey meaning which we can then interpret and use to help manage the major life changes, threats and problems we face throughout our lives. These dreams may seem as complex and irrational as we are, but once we understand the language, we have a key to the unconscious. This in turn can motivate change through an understanding within ourselves.
Using life, mental heath and my own thoughts and experiences, I have created a series of surreal, dream-like scenes using photography and photomontage. These psychological images are built around symbolism and theories of dream interpretation which I hope will in turn provoke emotion, deep thought and reflection within the viewer; stimulating personal meaning as well as being interpreted differently through the changing moods of life. My art is for anybody who wants to look beyond the obvious and feel the seasons of the unconscious mind.
This piece was inspired by our explorations of life and the daily struggles that many of us face. Each experience we encounter can be perceived in different ways, whether positive or negative but it will always shape us. It’s how we choose to learn from and act on each life event that makes us who we are today. Life is constantly throwing us challenges that need to be overcome but even the toughest of lessons from these life experiences can become a positive if we can learn from them, become more resilient and grow as a person.
The Lucid Path We Walk
Photography and Digital Art (Limited Edition Print)