“The role of the dreamer is to accept his
dreams”, “do not try to understand, just believe” – Orphee by Jean Cocteau.
All That We See or Seem is a body
of work that tries to portray the blurring of boundaries between dream and
reality states. Through looking at literary portrayal of dreams, as well as the
theory behind dreaming, the images are a manifestation of some of these
viewpoints. Deeply rooted within reality in the sense that each image is of the
physical world, a sense of obscurity and disorientation is created through the
hazy scenes. We struggle to identify what is truly real.
The starting point of the work
greatly revolves around Orphee by Jean Cocteau, which is based on
the myth of Orpheus. Myths have a characteristic of opposites being present within them, which is
essentially what dreaming and reality are- opposites. The way in which dreams are so vivid
that it seems to be reality, rather than a fabrication of our subconscious,
greatly intrigued me, leading to the idea of creating a body of work in which
this was the main focus.