Places: Visiting Neverland
printed with painting)
Submitted by R.C. Aitken,
B&W from an
This month, Inspiring Places invites you to a nice, cozy indoor
location: your dream world. We couldn't find any photos for you, though maybe
our good friend Salvador Dali could've. Dali was fond of taking snapshots of his
Our dreams may bring to mind the earliest pages of our life, making fresh the
memory, complete with the joy and pain. On remembering our youth, we may try to
express it with the skills and experiences of an adult. A closing remark from
the movie "Stand By Me" illustrates the new perspective an adult may
gain of their own childhood: "I never had any friends
later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anybody?"
An R.E.M. visit into one's own past can be the perfect
antique mirror from which to draw a self-portrait.
Dreams may also introduce brand new understandings of our world or ourselves.
Some artists, such as Dali, intentionally harvested their dreams for new
material. In the 1960's, hypnotic drugs planted in the fertile minds of youth
yielded a bumper crop of outlandish works.
Whether based on our discernable past or of completely imaginative origin - or
even a nightmarish byproduct of last night's chilidogs - our dreams can be used
as a reliable source of artistic inspiration.
to Jaywalker January 2004