Surrealism, Lucid Dreams and Inspiration

After World War I, art began to look at the collective unconscious in ways it didn’t before. By the end of World War II, surrealism was defined as the expression of the individual’s own subconscious.  The journey of the arts failed to look at the conscious after that time period. What we missed was that the world of the unconscious can be trained to have conscious qualities. This can be useful when looking to arrive at answers that are influenced by the chaotic and mythical world of dreams. 

Lucid dreaming is the art of being consciously aware of dreams and nightmares. This can have many interpretations. The idea that lucid dreaming is dream control, is an over simplification. Everyone is always controlling their dreams; they are in your head. The process for most people is just that the view point in the dream is not consciously connected to the part of the brain stimulating it.  Over time this connection can be strengthened, by playing with different forums and degrees of awareness.  

When designing a piece of work. Carrying a piece of dream to the waking life can be a form of inspiration. Even the act of a playing with a dream can come through in waking life, even if you do not realize it until you are asleep or later.

Art and design moved away from surrealism, however, surrealist ideas can help with non-surrealist styles and mediums. Anyone who wants to be inspired is tying to wrestle with who they are. Art is an act of expression. To learn more about yourself and make your work stronger, a look into your unconscious can leave you with profound and personal revelations.

Edited by: Julie Mann