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1981

America elected... Reagan? REAGAN? In shock, I kept my head down, worked in the Stanford Library, read a lot, thought a lot, and drifted away from my friends in psychodrama...

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1981



LIFECYCLE: by Wayan; 640 x 480, 1981?. Pencil sketch, contrast upped digitally
The life-loop. A woman bears a child who grows up to become herself, who bears a child who...
CAUTION: SKETCHY NUDITY
SHHHH!: by Wayan; 1981, daydream in ink.
A sudden image of a woman whose other lips not only talked, they wouldn't shut up. Worse yet, they...
CAUTION: NUDITY
THE VACUUM CLEANER QUARTET: by Wayan; 1981, four bizarre poems.
All I know about humans, I learned in psychodrama. I gawked as caterpillars grew wings. Except me...
HYDROGEN INITIATION: by Wayan; 1981/1/6, a shamanic nightmare.
I'm an initiate in a Sung Dynasty monastery. But I have no idea how far the hazing can go...
CAUTION: DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME
TAKE STOCK OF YOUR PELVIS: by Wayan; 1981/1/11, a symbolic not-quite-sex dream.
A friend, stockpiling for Armageddon, makes me see that I value something peculiar: the knowledge of...
CAUTION: LANGUAGE
SOULS IN THE MUD: by Wayan; 1981/1/14, a thoughtful dream.
I'm being hunted in Reincarnation Swamp, as I worry--the human population boom means experienced souls are scarce. Are most folks you meet really dogs, cats... rats?
CAUTION: MYSTIC ELITISM
I WON'T DIE TILL LOVE DIES: by Wayan; 1981/1/21, a divine dream .
I meet the mermaid goddess of love in her pool, but when she advises me, I dispute one small point...
BYE-BYE, OLD FILM!: by Wayan; 1981/1/24, a psychic dream, with a 2015/5/22 follow-up.
My friends destroy all my old films and give me a 'new' one--but it's from 1900! Then I wake to find...
BEAR READ DUNE: by Wayan; dreamed 1981/1/28, painted 10 years later.
There are many astral planes--this world's just the cellar. A cat, a bird, a bear and I guard the astral stair...
PYRAMID POWER: by Wayan; 1981/2/2, a dream of love and time.
We drive into a zone of perpetual night to see Sweet Melinda, but our time-path splits! Two lives at once?
LUNCH WITH THE STARS: by Wayan; 1981/2/2, a dream on beliefs.
I'm in an animal dance troupe, but wake to find I'm alone. For consolation, I eat at The Terrace, and meet...
BEYOND THE BUOYS: by Wayan; 1981/2/12, a short punning dream.
I'm a fairy queen at the beach, chasing a girl who's a strong swimmer. Yep, she swims beyond the buoys...
CAUTION: BAD LESBIAN PUNS
DAD ON THE BOARD: by Wayan; 1981/2/12, a dream of business as usual.
How my dad got onto the board of directors and made the organization his own...
A MISCARRIED LIFE: by Wayan; 1981/2/12, a short dreamfable.
I'm Hattie, a pregnant girl on a Lewis and Clark expedition. I miscarry, and they tell me...
GORDO'S EYES: by Wayan; 1981/2/14, a dream warning.
The old cartoon character Gordo has another girlfriend. But his pets say he only loves the hunt, not her...
MOM THE ALIEN: by Wayan; 800 x 600, 1981/2/16
Many kids have nightmares that their parents AREn't their real parents. I dreamed my parents ATE my parents..
CAUTION: VIOLENCE
SUZETTE: by Wayan; 1981/2/20, a defiant sex/art dream with no one to defy
I dreamed that I drew our dog and me mating, and then found the drawing on a gallery wall for all to see...
CAUTION: CARTOON BESTIALITY
MY THREE HUSBANDS: by Wayan; 1981/2/26 furry polygamy dream drawn as a 15p comic ten years later
I'm three women who marry a unicorn, a goat philosopher, and a magic cat. We start a commune, but the police quarantine us...
CAUTION: INTERSPECIES MARRIAGE, UNDERAGE SEX, FRAGMENTED DREAMER and BAD COPS
NOT A THING: by Wayan; 1981/3/1, a shocking dream.
What if your mind doesn't think it's yours? What if it's not so sure you're even a person?
A JOB WELL DONE: by Wayan; 1981/3/2; a dream-farce.
The tale of a fawn named Fawn and her mom, a bank-robbing hippopotamus...
CAUTION: GLAMORIZES THIS ALARMING TREND
A FAMILY ALBUM: by Wayan; 1981/3/9, folio of nightmarish dysfunctional family.
A series of family shadows, as I saw them then. These scenes are NOT literal, do I make myself clear? But these tensions were real...
CAUTION: GRIM! SEXUAL VIOLENCE, INCEST, MUTILATION
CAT AND CRAB: by Wayan; 1981/3/12, a dream about teasing?
My cat keeps going into heat and sneaking out for sex with my godmother's pet crab, and...
CAUTION: SEX, BAD PUNS, CRABBINESS
SPLINTER: by Wayan; 1981/3/14, a dream of love and nagging.
I love Splinter, but her mom insists I got BOTH of them pregnant. Then I notice I'm pregnant too...
CAUTION: SEX, NAGGING
BIKE FROM A BOMB: by Wayan; 1981/3/14, a bikemare.
Idiotically, I bet I can escape an atomic bomb on my bike. Maybe if I ignore stoplights...
CAUTION: IRRESPONSIBLE WEAPONS USE
TITAN, or, SATURN'S WEDDING BAND: by Wayan; 1981/3/22, a billion-mile roadtrip dream.
Our band's touring Titan. Road trip blues: diners, feuds, romances. Have I been chasing the wrong girl?
THE ILL-FORMED TALE: by Wayan; 160K, 1981/4/7, a wild dream anti-epic.
To reach the Peak of Happiness on the Isle of Dreams, I must pass four Perils--but they're all backwards...
CAUTION: RELIGIOUS NUTS, KNIVES, NUDE ALIENS, BACKWARD PLOT...
KRELKIN CAMOUFLAGE: by Wayan; 1981/4/21, three versions of recurring dream image
A sexy dream-creature hides by splitting her body visually, her red mane and tail matching her background...
THE WIND FROM HELL: by Wayan; 1981/4/21, a dream-poem.
Hot air rises, right? So there's a monsoon from Hell, lifting souls. Lucky for us that gravity balances it...
EEL TOWER: by Wayan; 1981/4/23, a dream of longing.
I dreamed living in a body of flesh is like being trapped on a sinking cruise ship...
CAUTION: NUDITY (but she's just crying, not giving that guy a blowjob, okay?)
THE DOG PILOT PROGRAM: by Wayan; 1981/4/23, a dream of doing the impossible.
I get a job in China teaching bus-driving dogs how to fly. I don't know how. Luckily, the dogs...
JADE'S EXPERIMENT, or, CLEVER HANS: by Wayan; 1981/4/29, a dream diagnosing the costs of sensory differences
I volunteer for a friend's psychological test, for her thesis. But using my sixth sense corrupts her data! Might it corrupt my real life too?
COOLIDGE'S DUCK: by Wayan; 1981/4/29, a political dream.
Calvin Coolidge takes over the White House and invites his rich fossil friends over for a bath...
WOMAN WITH PLANS: by Wayan; May 1981, a crayon portrait
A figure study teaches me a lesson about the sexiness of brains. And about the unsexiness of no brains...
CAUTION: NUDITY; LIBELS ILLINOIS
PASTLIFE TRAINING TRACKS: by Wayan; 1981/5/5, a bikin' buddha dream.
I'm biking around a railroad switch-yard when I realize they're life-paths. People start following me out...
FAIRE DINOSAUR: by Wayan; 1981/5/5. A dream of forbidden love.
I fall in love with a sexy T. Rex at the Renaissance Faire. Then things get weird...
CAUTION: DINO ABUSE
LOVING A COP: by Wayan; 1981/5/5, a dream on initiative.
I'm a cop's wife, having trouble with his need to protect me. He's hurt if I take too much initiative...
SKUNK? SWALLOW!: by Wayan; 1981/5/7, a dream-joke with a point.
When I see two scary men on the trail, naturally, I swallow my skunk! I really don't recommend...
HOT, BOTHERED AND BEWILDERED: by Wayan; 1981/5/8, a dreamtale.
In a club, a new genderbending band. One singer gets me hot, but completely confused--for good reason...
CAUTION: SEXUAL SITUATIONS, GENDERBENDING
DEER SORCERESS: by Wayan; 1981/5/18, a dream on the virtues of chaos.
A witch-girl turned to a deer flees hell-hounds who just CAN'T get organized...
DEER SHAMAN: by Wayan; 1981, 9x12" faux cave-rubbing.
Partly based on the ancient cave painting "Le Sorcier", but here it may be the deer putting on human guise...
THE DUKE OF VENICE: by Wayan; 1981/5/25, a dream on moneyphobia.
The Duke complains things just aren't what they were. As I hear what he liked, I'm increasingly...
SINK JOHN: by Wayan; 1981/5/25, a dreamtale on "when in Rome..."
My friend sleeps with an alien. He's ugly, but I don't care. What bothers me is how he eats bits of himself...
CAUTION: SEX, RECREATIONAL CANNIBALISM, PROSTITUTION, THE KITCHEN SINK
HAWK AND CAT: by Wayan, 1981/6/2, a dream of ethics and terror.
My best friend is a cat. Problem is, I'm a rare hawk--a Cat-Eater. I never, ever would, but...
HUBRIS EGGS: by Wayan; 1981/6/11, a short defiant psychic dream.
I'm wrapping my heavy-metal eggs too slowly, so the Judges sink my car! I set out to get revenge...
HERON HAREM: by Wayan; 1981/6/14, a dream with a moral.
I'm a heron working in the Civil Service. I want to blow the whistle, but then how would I support my...
CAUTION: BIRD-SLAVERY?
TAROT: THE QUEEN OF FLUTES: by Wayan; 1981/6/19, a brief dream image.
I dream I'm giving a friend a Tarot reading, and the card she picks for herself is one I've never seen:
ARCTIC CHANGELING: by Wayan; 1981/6/30, a dream on roots.
I'm a shy woman in a truckstop town who learns why I don't fit in. But will I, among my real kin?...
UNSHADE TREES: by Wayan; 1981/7/18, an advice-dream.
Unshade trees are ugly. But my friends list their uses: casting shadows lighter than sunlight, keeping land clear of other trees, and the fruit. Fruit? WHAT fruit? Am I blind?
SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE? PLEASE, MISTRESS, NO!: by Wayan; 1981/7/18, a meditation on meditation.
A rant on over-disciplined Americans (NOT under; we just think we are) taking up spiritual disciplines...
CURMUDGEON I: by Wayan; 1981/7/24, a silly dream.
That broccoli business made the new pope controversial, but when he goes off to find his girlfriend...
CAUTION: CATHOLIC SACRILEGE I'M SURE
IN IO: by Wayan, 1981/8/7, a wild otherworldly dream with 3 illustrations.
I live on Io. It's nicer than its photos. At least inside, where the oceans are--where I grow a second head...
THIS CAN'T BE REM!: by Wayan; 1981/8/18, a predictive stinky dream.
An article claimed smell is rare to absent in dreams. My dreams felt insulted and sent me a stinky one. But why THAT smell? Well, next morning on my way to work...
The next couple images from summer/fall 1981 are nothing impressive, but they were the first sketches I'd dared to do around other people--at work in a library, using scratch cards, on my break.
BODY MESS: by Wayan; summer 1981, ink, 3x5" surreal nondream sketch.
If artists do this with ink, what makes you think genetic engineers will do any better with real life?...
CAUTION: DON'T DO THIS AT HOME
QUAIL TV: by Wayan; summer 1981, ink, shamanic cave drawing.
Quail, spelunking again, finds ancient cave paintings of the Cult of the Fossil TV...
PURR: by Wayan; Sept. 1981, watercolor of a dream.
I dreamed our family's black cat Persephone had to make a life-decision...
FIRE-CATS: by Wayan; 1981/10/10; twin dream-poems on over-discipline
I EXECUTE a forest-fire-fighting cat for mere disobedience! So next I'm stuck in a security-obsessed job; how do I like it? I flee...
A PSYCHIC READING: by Wayan; 1981/10/13, a self-labeling dream
I can't convince my friend Beryl that my dream of death is a warning. No wonder; it WAS hazy. But the next dreams are less so...
THE DOOR THROUGH DEATH: by Wayan; 1981/10/25; a Greco-Egyptian nightmare poem
At death's door, my friend lets Cerberus devour her, so I can enter death's pyramid alive and expose the truth about the afterlife...
CAUTION: FATAL DOG ATTACK
BOND: by Wayan; 1981/10/31, a nightmare where I'm the nightmare.
I'm James Bond, fighting a plot by the fiendish Eight. But I'm captured and questioned. Of course I lie to the enemy: the senators of the Committee on Intelligence Activities. Till I see myself through their eyes...
CAUTION: SPY SEX, SPY MENTALITY
WHILE THE MEN WERE HUNTING by Wayan, 1981/11/3; a crayon-ink-Xerox art-prayer.
In cave times, while the men were out hunting, it was the women who learned to paint the cave walls to summon...
CANARY COAL, MOLE-OWNED SINCE 1873: by Wayan; 1981/11/7, ink/digital, a nondream piece on chemosensitivity.
No more token canaries--the all-canary workforce, that's us. Let's see if these products are toxic...
CAUTION: ANTI-CAPITALIST
THE RED BEAST WAS HAPPY: by Wayan; dreamed 1981/11/16, drawn 1983/11, a subtle healing dream
I was timid. Red scared me. But this huge confident dream-beast hinted at a new energy...
SPHINX'S WOOD: by Wayan; 1981/11/19, a dream of puns, riddles and advice
After my dad lets me down I dream black may be white, and white, black--if you're a Sphinx...
THE TOAST OF CREATION: by Wayan; 1981/11/21, nondream crayon/ink image
How the world was really created. God said "Let it be well done" and it was well done.
CAUTION: TECHNOLOGICAL BLASPHEMY
A LOST STATION ON THE TOKAIDO: by Wayan; erasable crayon, 1981/12/6. A nondream vision.
A tribute to Hiroshige's moonlit landscape prints of the lonely roads of old Japan...
PAW AT THE BALL: by Wayan; 1981/12/6, two waking Goddess images.
A grassy hill in a previous drawing of mine suddenly looked like Big Hair, so I tried to grow a body that fit that 'do...
A WORLD DIES WELL: by Wayan; 1981/12/6, a dream of reconciliation.
A world-mind I never really liked gets one thing right before it dies, and so I make my peace with it...
TITANIA: by Wayan; 1981/12/7, 83/1/7 & 2/13 and 84/10/2 (a dream-epic in installments!) about love
Clarence the sappy angel from IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, and Milton's Lucifer, noblest Devil of them all, land on Earth, offering treaties. Who to sign with? Clarence thinks we're perfect, and the Devil's a tinkerer, learning from failures. Failures like me, and my girlfriend Titania, the first android with a full range of feelings. Too bad one is the feeling she's fake...
DALI CENTAUR: by Wayan; 1981/12/12; a surrealist nightmare.
I dreamed I saw what looked like an ink sketch by Dali of a horse--but I was dead wrong...
CAUTION: YUCK
THE TRAIN ON TIME CAFE: by Wayan, 1981/12/20, an epic political dream.
Silicon Valley goes enthusiastically fascist. I hide in a berry patch. They build a shining world, and then...
GIANT'S HANDS: by Wayan; dreamed 1981/12/23, a split-consciousness nightmare
I was a giant carefully, guiltlessly flattening San Francisco--just following orders to recycle it! While my mind inside the giant's mind was appalled...


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