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Oct 17, 2016
#1 Art Tripping Blog Post November 20, 2016
Welcome to the first of the Art Tripping Blog post.
Where to start is the hardest Question??? So here and now is the best place. So many things to share and so many topics I am excited to cover but really I just need to start somewhere and here and now is just as good a place as any. So here goes…
With my upcoming show; “Day Residue… just around the corner I am currently in the studio as the Artist and in the office as the Entrepreneur full speed ahead.
This new collection is an accumulation of years working on the theme of; Day Residue.
This text exert taken from Wikipedia best describes some of my thinking for this series based on Jungian theory.
Carl Jung rejected many of Freud's theories. Jung expanded on Freud's idea that dream content relates to the dreamer's unconscious desires. He described dreams as messages to the dreamer and argued that dreamers should pay attention for their own good. He came to believe that dreams present the dreamer with revelations that can uncover and help to resolve emotional or religious problems and fears.
Jung wrote that recurring dreams show up repeatedly to demand attention, suggesting that the dreamer is neglecting an issue related to the dream. He believed that many of the symbols or images from these dreams return with each dream. Jung believed that memories formed throughout the day also play a role in dreaming. These memories leave impressions for the unconscious to deal with when the ego is at rest. The unconscious mind re-enacts these glimpses of the past in the form of a dream. Jung called this a day residue. Jung also argued that dreaming is not a purely individual concern, that all dreams are part of "one great web of psychological factors."
Fritz Perls presented his theory of dreams as part of the holistic nature of Gestalt therapy. Dreams are seen as projections of parts of the self that have been ignored, rejected, or suppressed. Jung argued that one could consider every person in the dream to represent an aspect of the dreamer, which he called the subjective approach to dreams. Perls expanded this point of view to say that even inanimate objects in the dream may represent aspects of the dreamer. The dreamer may, therefore, be asked to imagine being an object in the dream and to describe it, in order to bring into awareness the characteristics of the object that correspond with the dreamer's personality.
For further reading on this subject: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dream
Using images gathered from my everyday life as a starting point, this becomes the raw material “Day Residue” that is used to create the collage stage of my creative process for every piece. However dreams are not just about the images from our Day Residue but also a combination of emotional energy that is mixed into the story, from what I understand this cocktail is what dreams are made of. For me painting over the collaged images is the transfer of emotional energy from me that creates the cohesion for the dream within each piece. Seemingly abstract work now takes on a dream story of its own. By watching each piece and waiting patiently as I have, a cup of coffee or sitingt with a glass of wine time eventually reveals the hidden meaning within each piece for me. Sometimes a glance out of the corner of my eye or the day dream vision that allows us to see through things to beyond. This is where I find my Dream Scenes, Dreamscapes and sometimes Dream moods. When I have found the element that reveals itself first within the canvas I am then able to ask questions. " I see you now but where are you and what are you doing?" Once I have found a story within the work my job is to bring it into focus as if returning to working with the camera again. Taking this out of focus imagery and bringing it into better definition. The hardest part of the job is to keep the ego out of the job, making loud areas on the canvas more quite for the eye and helping to define the characters without ever destroying the original brushstroke. If a portrait shows up and it has only one eye, there is a reason and it must stay like that. From years of experience I have learnt to help define not redefine what has been a gift already revealed within each work of art I create.
The best part is each person gets to see what they want to see within each piece. There are no wrong answers. Anything goes. My canvases are an open invitation to gaze, wonder and find your own story, Portals into the imagination.
Here is a combination of images;
Can you find each of these images
within the finished painting?
“Wolf and Company at the Door” by Kim Vergil
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