Artists have long used dreams as inspiration for their work. The Surrealists in particular were fascinated with the content of dreams, and much of their work was informed by the subconscious mind and the teachings of Freud.
A recent dream I had enlightened me on how to approach my latest installation. It informed me to create a work that peels back the layers of the canvas into the underbelly, revealing a hidden world. My latest series Buddha Head incorporates the majestic Himalayan landscapes of Bhutan and Nepal, and a motif throughout the work is the presence of prayer flags. These colorful strings of cloth are a common sight in the region and are said to bring wisdom and peace. In the new installation, these prayer flags will be the layers to be pulled back, adding depth to the piece and inviting viewers into the experience.
Dreams have informed my work in the past. The title of another recent painting of mine, The Prophet, came to me in a dream as well.