Dreams—fugitive or not, sweet or not—long have fascinated me. Where do they come from, what can they mean? In sleep, so death-like, are we visited by the heavenly or the hellish, deep spiritual truth or mere day residue? Playing into this fascination was my discovery in college of ancient taxonomies of dreams, with categories for the sacred and the silly, as well as of the medieval literary convention of the dream vision. To explore the enigma of dreaming – possibly sacred, possibly profane – and to honor one of the great poets of the dream vision convention, Chaucer, I have made this book. Inspired by lines from Chaucer’s Book of the Duchess describing the walls of a room in a dream as covered by an illuminated text, I have made a structure with calligraphically walled rooms, using lines from some of Chaucer’s dream vision poems and an Anglicana formata hand similar to those used in Chaucer’s lifetime. I trust the structure gives room for dreaming’s mystery to unfold.
—PURCHASE PRIZE AWARD! SACRED | PROFANE 2014. This work will be purchased by the gallery and donated to the John Wilson Special Collections at Multnomah County Library.
|Title||The Dreamer's Room|
|Artist's Nationality||United States|
|Place of Publication||Portland, OR|
|Additional Contributors||Artwork photography by Courtney Frisse|
|Printing/ Reproduction Process||Hand-lettered book|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||Board bound accordion with two zine folds and cut-outs|
|Medium/ Materials||Commercial and artist-made book cloth, Hahnemühle Ingres paper, various inks and paints (walnut, sumi, acrylic)|
|Paper Stock||Arches Text Wove|
|Number of Pages||Double-sided, 7 full plus two half pages|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||8.38 x 6.75 x .5 inches.|
|Signed and Numbered?||Yes|