Faculty mentor: CoCo James
Artist’s Statement: Though daydreaming can be obsessive it can also be a method of finding insight into your authentic self and promoting emotional problem solving. In researching daydreaming, I found that Jerome Singer’s daydreaming styles are mentioned often. There are three main daydreaming styles: positive constructive daydreaming (playful and creative thought), guilty-dysphoric daydreaming (obsessive thoughts), and poor attentional control (inability to concentrate). Daydreaming aids in discovery of self, creative planning, problem solving, curiosity, attention, divergent thought, social skills, relief from boredom, rehearsal, and pleasure. So, daydreaming can offer relief from stressful situations and lead to creative discoveries or could become obsessive and cause concentration issues. For this project I was fixated on using a brain to depict daydreaming – however – a simple brain wasn’t enough. There are three main elements that I wanted to use. I wanted there to be a person in the brain, I wanted color, and I wanted numbers. The irony is that I used daydreaming to come up with something to represent daydreaming. The person depicted in the brain represents the “voice in your head” – your thoughts. The colors represent your personality, individuality, and creativity. The numbers represent actions – turning thoughts or ideas into something “real”. So, I got out all of my painting supplies and put the image in my head onto a canvas. As it sat there in front of me, a random brain on a canvas, it felt too – solitary (though daydreaming is a solitary act). Cutting out the brain and placing it in water with the clouds in the background felt fitting. It had just rained so I placed by brain cutout in a puddle to catch the reflection of the clouds. A daydreamer is often described as having their “head in the clouds” for this project I pursed this imagery.
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