Sleep is something that amuses most of us. What happens to our minds and souls is still a mystery. Just like sleep dreams are also an enduring source of mystery to us. Its cause, occurrence, and reason are still a matter of debate and research. The word ‘dream’ is used both literally and metaphorically. Dreams are stories and images that our minds create while we sleep. It can be entertaining, fun, and romantic. It can be disturbing, frightening, and sometimes bizarre too. Mostly every one of us would have had a melange of these experiences.
Dreams aren’t just a part of our sleep cycle, it is believed to be something beyond that simplicity. It is a whole lot of sophistication that is clasped to it. It might be a reflection of our unconscious desires and wishes, which our subconscious mind tries to achieve through dreams. It is an entire process of consolidating and processing information gathered during the day. Metaphorically, dreams are compared to ambitions and persuasions.
We all love to dream, everyone dreams differently but a dream is just a dream. If it is a cosy and delightful dream, we want it to be more, real and last forever.
In simpler terms, dreams are nothing but our imaginations. Imagery, that is created by our mind with all the subconscious desires and knowledge. This draws a connection between dreams and art, where art is a representation of artists’ imaginations. Furthermore, dreams are the birth and breeding spot of art. As French philosopher Michel Foucault expressed it, 'every act of imagination points implicitly to the dream… the dream is the first condition of its possibility.' A dream is a world of rich vision that has inspired many artists and writers. It has a boundless capacity to foster imagination and unique perceptions. Coleridge’s Kubla Khan is an evident result of a slumbering mind’s imagination.
Here are some artists’ perspectives of dreams and their way of representing them.
A dream is a place filled with hues, but can we be sure of the colours that appear in them. All we remember is the scene. Is it right to say that our dreams are colourless or monochromatic? Artist Tvesha Singh portrays her perception of dreams using a wide choice of colours. The artist’s artwork titled ‘imagine a dream’ splashes melange colours.
It is fascinating to understand and interpret dreams. It leaves us perplexed because it is formed in our minds yet alien to us. Artist Kunal Jain subtly displays the subconscious desire and fear of his images. The choice of colour shows the intensity of the dream and makes the viewer experience the situation of the dreamer.
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