painting portrait hand shadow flowers woman figure figurative oil crop

oil on canvas

20" x 24"

2016

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painting portrait hand shadow flowers woman figure figurative oil crop

oil on canvas 

10" x 14"

2016

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painting portrait hand shadow flowers woman figure figurative oil crop

oil on canvas

7" x 10"

2016

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painting portrait hand shadow flowers woman figure figurative oil crop

oil on canvas 

8" x 8"

2016


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painting portrait hand shadow flowers woman figure figurative oil crop

oil on canvas

20" x 20"

2016

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painting portrait hand shadow flowers woman figure figurative oil crop

oil on canvas

20" x 24"

2016

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In this series of small-scale figurative paintings, I am exploring the absurdity and distortion associated in dreams and in sleep paralysis. Dream distortion, as explained by Freud, is the unconscious mind’s way of altering and censoring the content of dreams so they appear less hostile or harmful. Sleep paralysis occurs when waking from or entering sleep, characterized by an inability to move or speak, followed by visual and auditory hallucinations. In this state, the mind is awake but the body is still or already asleep. Drawing from my personal experiences and memories, my intention in these self-portraits is to capture a moment of both physical and psychological tension. While the larger paintings speak to the full-body experience, the smaller paintings relate to the intimacy of the subject matter, a moment of both tenderness and toxicity. Represented is the internal tension of sleep paralysis and the conflicted nature of dream narratives. In these works, the systematic and logical is abandoned in favour of the unpredictable and spontaneous, much like in dreams. Once reality re-emerges, these obscured and hazy fragments begin to lose significance. 

when i wake up from my dreams

i find myself turning my nightmares into flowers

reality is a solid mass

but the dream world is a fluid

images and sounds are not concrete or permanent

it flows in broken and obscured fragments

it runs in the dark behind the eyelids

it leaks and it seeps and it bleeds

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