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The following body of work are hypersurrealistic reproductions of art conceived and produced during the rapid-eye movement dream state of the artist. ​While the purpose of dreams are not completely understood, psychoanalysts believe are the manifestations of our deepest desires and fears. They are the direct expression of imagination and utilize the most efficient language of symbolism and mythological archetypes.

Our minds work in duality to create three dimensional space, stereo sound and language we can comprehend. Our external and internal perspectives are diametrically opposing sides of the same coin. They are inextricably linked and cannot be separated. Our perception of reality is consequently divided​—​thesis, antithesis; space, negative space; matter, antimatter.

In Gestalt therapy, German-Jewish psychiatrist Fritz Perls describes dreams as projections of the parts of ourselves that have been neglected, rejected, or suppressed. Carl Jung added that every person in the dream may represent an aspect of the dreamer, which he called the existential approach to dreams. Perls went to far as to say that even inanimate objects in the dream may represent aspects of the dreamer. Through association, the dreamer would be asked to imagine being an object in the dream and describe its characteristics, bringing into awareness the more disaffected aspects of the dreamer's personality.

The nature of dreams is not only complicated to convey but fundamentally incompatible with dualistic languages, adding the onus of trying to understand it using only logic. Language was articulated to work exclusively through symbols, dividing nature into parts and actions. The word ​water is not literally water, and the word ​it means nothing in the phrase, ​it is raining​. We must beware when impulsively dismissing ways of cognizing the universe as a whole simply because it seems incompatible with the limitations and ambiguities of customary language. The challenge is to transcend our impulsive thinking patterns to comprehend the universe in a way that is more unified and encompassing than what we are accustomed to. Absolutely everything in the physical realm that comes into existence will eventually decease, yet consciousness may exist outside reality altogether. Carl Jung once said,

“​Man's real life consists of a complex of inexorable opposites—day and night, birth and death, happiness and misery, good and evil. If it were not so, existence would come to an end.​”

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