This body of work was inspired by a series of research sessions on dreams and Dream Theory, which led me to ask: Why do we dream of places we've never visited, people we've never met, experiences we've never had, landscapes that don't exist? What is the significance of the duality between the convincing reality we experience when awake and the equally convincing reality we experience when asleep? What might the latent and manifest content of dreams reveal about the nature of reality?
To visually explore these questions, I drew upon a range of influences, including the medieval imagination of Hieronymus Bosch, the anthropic reasoning of Nick Bostrom, the psychoanalytic theory of C.J. Jung, the metaphysical paintings of Giorgio de Chirico and Carlo Carrà, the surrealist works of Max Ernst, the naive art of Henri Rousseau, and the supernatural events depicted in Botticelli's illustrations of The Story of Nastagio degli Onesti from The Decameron.
Through this series of composite images, I aim to represent various aspects of these questions by exploring the non-places of dreams. I consider the possibility of a fundamental archetypal language being expressed in dreams, the potential for nested simulations, the connection between psychosis and revelation, and the glimpse of the fundamental structure underlying a reality that is familiar yet poorly understood.
Each image in this series is available to purchase as a signed, limited edition archival C-type print.