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|ABYSSIA: by Wayan; started 2006/6/6, a webtour of an inverted world
A nondream vision of an alternate Earth where continents are abysses, abysses continents...
|ALICE'S POEM: by Lewis Carroll; 1872, a poem on dreams
Are dreams really so ephemeral? Lewis Carroll, who built the Alice books from dream-shards, wasn't so sure...
|ALL MANNER OF THINGS THAT BEGIN WITH M: by Wayan; 1995. Collaged dream images
A painting of mountains, manes, mermaids, moons, mattresses, mouths, maples, mohawks, mice & men...
CAUTION: CAUTION: NUDE M-THINGS
|AMAZEMENT PARK: by Stan Van Der Beek; 1980/12/30, a dream-proposal for a huge art installation
The "Amazement Park", as I dubbed it, was a building long as a football field and three floors high; you fly,
suspended, round an oval track, through a galaxy of images teaching that "sharing" is what matters...
|BAD DREAM BOOK: by Jim Shaw; late 1994?, a dream calling his dream art lame
I show a friend my book of dream-art, but it's half-baked and embarrassing.
I'm no good at smuggling guns, porn or cash through customs, either...
CAUTION: LOW-RES SMUT IN THAT BOOK
|BELIEF IS GRIEF: by Wayan; 1992/7/31. A two-page picture-poem
Anti-ideological rant calling experience water and belief... ice.
|BIG FLAMING AIRPLANES TRYING TO LAND: by Jack Kerouac, late Oct. 1953, a double nightmare
Two DC-6s catch burn over New York. Me? I'm a naked child in a Babylonian temple in Jersey...
|THE BIOSPHERE VARIATIONS: by Wayan; 2004-, sculpture-photo-drawing-travelog-webtours:
Tour bizarre worlds most exobiologists would dismiss as hopeless for life--and meet the natives...
CAUTION: SEXY ALIENS, WEIRD CUSTOMS, EVOLUTION
|BOX OF DREAMS: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2007 to 2009, a boxed set of 19 small dream-paintings
A sequence of short dreams full of creatures. They warn I'll face leukemia...
|CENTAUR CIRCLES: by Wayan; 1991. Early digital painting of dream figure
An experiment with digital textures that fascinated me. Not a dream, just feels like it.
|CIDER AND WINE: by Wayan; 1974/10/24, surreal undream Aspie reporting
Our writing class meets in this Victorian home. I turn off my filters and describe what I really see around me...
|CLOCKMAN HEDGEHOG: by Wayan; 1992/10/5; digital sketch of being rejected by my own sex fantasy!
I was a man made of clocks trying to get a date with a hedgehog-hair woman...
CAUTION: ANOTHER HORNY GUY WHO DOESN'T GET FAR
|COLUMBIA UPSIDE DOWN: by Wayan; 1992. Dream-tinged landscape.
I painted this upside down, with a mouse, then flipped it to see what I'd done...
|CRAG: by Wayan; 1999/12/9; 12" sculpture of a daydream.
Who sculpts landscape? So I tried a crag with a pool in a hollow on its knee, windows like red eyes...
|CRAYON NAIAD: by Wayan; 1994, nondream art experiment
My friend Zooop taught me to crayon onto heated paper--it's vivid, dreamlike...
|CUTENESS PAGEANT: by Wayan; 2008/8/29, a dream-poem, Dreamverse #16.
I'm trapped in a cute cartoon universe! Worse, to judge this beauty contest,
I have to see past our style to our souls...
|D, D, D: by Wayan; 1988/2/1, trance-poem during automatic writing (done to rewire my brain)
I always wrote some letters strangely--my 'd' was nearly illegible. So I set out to retrain my deep motor skills...
|DAD FALLS ASLEEP AT THE PODIUM: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2008/3/8; painting in the Box of Dreams
My father is supposed to speak, but he falls asleep onstage. I rush up to try and rouse him, but...
|DESTRUCTION OF THE NIGHTMARE TOWERS: by Dustin Shuler; c.1955-1965, recurrent nightmare made performance art
As a kid, when I had a fever I always had the same nightmare: a high brick or stone wall
shaking apart, faster and faster. This scared me very much. Finally, in my teens, I...
|DOCTOR VENTRIL: by Wayan; 1978/9/22, a nightmare where I'm the nightmare.
A doctor lures me into his office. What he turns out to be scares me less than how I defend myself...
CAUTION: VIOLENCE, ARACHNOPHOBIA
|DREAMVERSES: by Wayan; Aug-Dec? 2008, a dream-poem experiment
Each morning when I wake, I write one dream as a poem. Whatíll emerge by the hundredth day?
|DUCK!: by Wayan; dreamed 1987/6/5, digital painting 1988
I was on one of those package dream-tours--an hour here, a scene there. But then in Patagonia...
CAUTION: CREEPING PAGANISM
|EVIL ARCHY: by Wayan; April 2008; a non-dream poem in terze rima
Money, power, race and gender stifle my working friends less than hierarchical structures...
|EXIT THROUGH THE DUNGEON: by Wayan, 1982/5/23, trance-drawing experiment with surprise advice
I turned off my conscious judgment and just drew. Two paths appeared--one led to
psychodrama, then parental prison; the other, into the underworld of dreamwork...
CAUTION: NUDE DREAM-SELVES
|EYE AND I by Wayan; 1999/11/15, a drawing that shifts me into a new way of seeing
I met a colorblind artist with an amazing grayscale sense. He inspire me to
draw a huge eye full of abstract shapes in gray, trying to see his way...
|FALL AT THE RIGHT SIZE: by Wayan; 2018/7/14, a dream shape-poem on a lifesaving indecision.
I fall off a tower, but I can change size. Tiny things fall slower, but they also tempt the local falcons!
Be big & hit hard, or tiny & be eaten? There's a third choice, but I sorta fell into it...
|FIGURE DRAWING: BLONDE REACHES UP: by Wayan; 1995/5/15. Crayon figure study.
From an ad. I recommend drawing photos as well as live models; some poses, models can't hold!
|FIGURE DRAWING: REDHEAD SITS IN DIAMOND: by Wayan, 1999/5/12, acrylic figure-study
A sophisticated composition for a sophisticated model. Or at least seasick...
CAUTION: NUDITY, NAUSEA...
|A FIRE ENTIRELY WITHOUT HEAT: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2008/9/11; painting in the Box of Dreams
On the anniversary of 9/11, I dreamed a friend was welding nude. In his careful hands, the fire was harmless...
|FIVE BLUNT TEETH: by Wayan; 2011/2/17, a biting nondream shape-poem
I read The Best American Poetry, 2007, but it just isn't, and I find myself writing a Savage Poetic Response...
|FLAMINGOS: by Wayan; 1998/3/30; nondream acrylic, 20 x 30".
Part an experiment in wild textures, part a "Where's Waldo" game to see if you'd notice my self-portrait...
|FOAM, FURS, DREAMS: by Wayan; 2012-16, a blog + 170 pics; 43 dreams lead me to sew furry dream sculptures.
Dreams urge me to build furry dream creatures with joints, muscles & bones, then to heal myself by mating with them...
CAUTION: FETISHISM, FURRY NUDITY & SEX
|FOX-SHEPHERDESS AND RAVEN: by Wayan; 1998 wet-on-wet acrylic of daydream, finished 1999/11/29.
I don't know if the fox-shepherdess ate all her sheep, or if she herded invisible and quite different things...
|FOX STORM: by Wayan; fractal painting of dream (date lost, but pre-1998/8/11)
I might have been less cowed by the storm-face, if I'd seen it was made of little foxes just like me...
|FRACTAL: by Wayan; fractal painting, 1990?
Early Euro and Indian art liked bilateral symmetry; old Japan liked careful asymmetry. I like self-similarity.
|FREEDOM THROUGH BOXES: by Wayan; an experiment in art & pain, Jan 2005
I've always loved curves, color, dreams, sex, texture... and planning, too.
So one day I drew 100 black boxes in ink--no color, no curves, no erasure! And then I began to seek...
|FROG: by Wayan; 120K, 2000/4/19, a narrative digital picture-poem
I was single and tired of kissing frogs. Then I realized--I AM one. Or worse: a pretentious polliwog...
|GABORS: by Jack Kerouac, late Jan. 1954, a dream of celebrity delusion
Starlets Zaza and Eva Gabor grow old shopping, smiling, covering their fears, until...
|THE GRALA: by Eugene Jolas, c. 1934, a nightmare written as a surreal prose-poem
I was having dinner with friends when I saw on the wall a huge skullbone
spider. But I lost the word for spider, and my friends seemed not to see it...
|GRIFFIN: by Wayan; 1995/8/2, digital portrait of two dream-selves.
Gryphon meets Dragon, mid-air, and they're both me--sometimes...
|GURU GUTS: by Wayan; 1989/4/12, digital sketch of my perceptual world.
If it takes a whole village to raise a child, it also takes a lot of guts to raise a kundalini. Voila!
|HANK AND THE BENGAL TIGER: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2009/2/27; painting in the Box of Dreams
At a party, I go hunting for my husband and find him on a terrace facing a Bengal tiger...
|I DIDNíT DIVE IN: by Herbert Read; before 1938, a dream-poem experiment.
I watched her dive into the lake... and fail to come up. Her golden cloak
floated on the water. I hesitated just a moment, and...
|I DREAM OF DERIVERRANS: by Wayan; 1982/11/16, a Joycean dream of surrender.
I must rescue Ann Soforth from righteous rapists, then Paul McCartney from a musical curse...
CAUTION: ABUSED CHILD, JOYCEAN LANGUAGE
|I'LL TRY: by Wayan; 1990/7/5. Experiment: dream sketch to video to digital picture-poem.
An early self-portrait rebelling against my gender and trying on beauty to see what'd change...
|INDIANS OCCUPY DANCE CLUB: by Wayan; 2012/8/31; a dream of biased art I try to correct
An ink sketch in a magazine shows a new Ghost Dance invading city clubs.
But the (biased?) artist uglifies the Indians, horses and giraffes dancing...
CAUTION: MILD NUDITY; JAUNDICED ART/REPORTING
|IRONY: by Wayan; 2007/6/15. A vertical comicstrip burned into (naturally) an ironing board
Iím so sick of irony I decide to get my sense of irony surgically removed and replace it with...
CAUTION: PLAYING WITH FIRE
|JEAN ARP'S OCTOPUS: by Wayan; 2001/2/26; a surreal dream of my surreal reaction to a surrealist and his... lunch
A library shows me surrealist Jean Arp's sketchbook. One Eschery sketch with repeated focal points is hypnotic.
But they also show me his lunch, and I try to eat it! I fail. Head & gut disagree. Stuck Arp-way...
CAUTION: NEVER EAT 12-YEAR-OLD SUSHI
|KITSUNE (FOX-GIRL) BY MOONLIGHT: by Wayan; 2002/5/1 dream prompting a paint experiment
In a Japanese house I met a charming red-headed girl and had this
weird urge to scratch her pointed ears. Oh! She's a kitsune!...
|LAURA: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2009/10/24; painting in the Box of Dreams
As we climb down the steep mountainside, clutching bushes to keep from falling,
I ask Laura "Do you want another child?"
|THE LAST WORD: by Larry Vigon; 2001/12/5; a wistful apocalyptic dream
A huge explosion knocked the earth off its orbit; it struck other planets and wrecked the whole
solar system. Where will the souls ready to reincarnate all go? Or do they even need a planet?...
|LITTLE BAD DREAM CHARM: by Kathy Fagan; 2001? A slip-filled dream-poem
Half asleep, I scrawl a nightmare of trying to rescue gasping boyfish, but my dreamwriting goes wrong too...
|LITTLE BROWN RABBITS IN THE MEADOW: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2009/3/20; painting in the Box of Dreams
I visit a friend's ramshackle cottage--trees grow through the walls. But glorious meadows! Spring at last...
|MARY MCBRIDE AND THE SPIRITUAL EARTH MOVEMENT: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2011/11/26, dream of a kindred artist
I met a woman whose art (and her love for the Earth) inspired me to start a series of paintings with creatures hidden in landscapes...
|THE MERMAN'S LOVER: by Wayan; 1991-93; a sex daydream treated four ways.
Four versions of an underwater meeting between lovers, one terrestrial, one marine...
CAUTION: ORAL SEX
|MERRY WITCHMAS!: by Wayan; 1990/12/22. Digital dreamy image
Just a witchmas card spreading love and paganism to all, and to all a good night...
|MESOPOTAMIAN ARMORY: by Wayan, 2008/8/6, a shape-poem based on a dream
An ancient Mesopotamian city learned to make catapult-bombs of powdered
manure. But excessive stockpiles & bad housekeeping led to Armageddung...
CAUTION: BABEL-MYTH DEBASED
|MOVING IN THE LANDSCAPES OF MY DREAMS:
by Jenny Badger Sultan; 14 dreams (mostly Jan-Mar 2011) painted on one canvas
A dream urged me to paint a big landscape with cutout movable (magnetic) dream figures
and liftable flaps revealing hidden dream scenes...
|MYSTERY BETWEEN: by Wayan; 1980s, crayon and acrylic drawing on dreamnesia.
Okay, you got your heaven, and your earth, and between, you got...
|NICHE: by Wayan; 1990/5/9, a nondream poem on new art media, or crashing your computer. Same thing.
A poem linking the dawn of digital art to early, tinny phonographs, cranky film cameras...
|ODE TO NOT WRITING ODES: by Wayan; 2019/7/17; a nondream non-ode
In an Oakland literary salon (no, not an oxymoron) I'm supposed to
write an ode. But it's so hot, and I have surreal dreams to sketch...
|OFF DOVER: by Wayan; 2010/9/30, a dream-based mini-sestina (poetic experiment)|
I'm biking over the English Channel. So mild & easy after the Greenland-to-New-York run...
|OVERLAY: by Wayan; 1984/2/11, 1995/8/26, and 2004/9/11, 3 dreams shape a 9-page comic on living with ESP
Dreams of translucent fairies, centaurs, robots & gnomes prompt me to cartoon
on transparent overlays to show how dreamworlds overlay ours...
|PEGASIA: by Wayan; 10MB mini-site (200 maps & images), spring 2006 to present (ongoing); tours of an alien moon.
A contest! Here's a wide, fertile world full of empty ecological niches for intelligent creatures. Design one!
|PENTALEMMA: by Wayan; 2002/3/10 to 2006/5/1?, a 13-page nondream improv-comic on deep goals
Hypnotized in therapy, I saw AT LEAST five competing goals tugging at me like gravity fields.
Naturally I drew them. Come tour the Inner Solar System of our desires...
CAUTION: NUDITY (BODY, HEART, BRAIN, SOUL)
|PHOTOS LURE SOULS: by Wayan; 2016/3/12, dream of summoning spirits
I'm photographing lifesize furry statues. How explicit, how sexy? If I get shots they like,
souls will be lured to enter their bodies and bring them alive...
CAUTION: NUDE CREATURES
|POLYGON DREAMS: by Wayan; 2007/4/23, a 32-page comic on the effects of shapes
What if comics panels and layouts weren't so square? I try triangles,
pentagons, hexagons, circles, spirals--and some serious stuff pops out...
CAUTION: IDEAS, OCCASIONAL NUDITY, MENTIONS ABUSE
|THE POWER OF ART: by Wayan; 2016/8/29, a dream-poem about the longtern effect of dreamwork?
At a museum, a weird art project shows me how observing and documenting life
in art can improve that life--just from being taken seriously...
|REELS OF LIGHT PROPEL THE MOON: by Wayan; 2000/11/17; ink/digital sketch of the dream-voyage.
The moon's a sailing ship propelled not by wind but light: the light of night-movies. Dreams...
|ROBERTíS PLAN: by William Blake; late 1788; an advisory dream...
Blake was broke. Couldnít typeset Songs of Innocence and Experience.
But in a dream, his brother advised him...
|THE SATURATION DIAL: by Wayan; 2015/11/7, a surreal lucid dream with a control knob!
Night. Two moons. I go lucid! Find a knob adjusting the dream's color saturation.
Dial it up--and find I'm not alone! Ghosts of pure color...
|SELF-PORTRAIT AS A YOUNG COYOTE: by Wayan; 2000/1/23; portrait of recurring dream self.
I'm more a dream artist than a realist, but one day I set up a mirror and looked in it...
|THE SERMON OF CARMEN DOG: by Wayan; 1990/9/10, the ultimate public-speaking nightmare.
Animal poets at an open mic. My turn! And I find... I'm one. A creature without grammar...
|SIX AND A HALF EXPERTS VIEW THE BEAST: by Wayan; 2018/12/11-2019/1/31
(a poem answering Wallace Stevens's 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird)
As the beast in question (and recalling the fable Six Blind Men and the Elephant)
I don't mind letting six half-blind humans have their say--as long as I get my own...
|SNAKE PACKAGE: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2007/5/27
I am given a dehydrated package of dried snake to insert in my vagina. Inside it will unfold and come to life...
CAUTION: KIDS, DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME!
|SPEAKING ABOUT ART WITH THE AFRICAN BEINGS:
by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2002/1/19, a dream-painting of a dream about dream-painting!
I'm teaching an art class full of strange masklike beings. We debate art
as spontaneous process, versus art as planned product...
|SPIRIT FACE: by Jenny Badger Sultan, 1988/4/25 dream of a huge art project
I'm at the beach, collecting stones to make a gigantic face viewable only from the air...
|THREE HORSE MARSH: by Wayan; 1983/9/27. Acrylic triptych, each panel 18 x 24", group ca. 2x5'
Dream-inspired landscape with herons and wild horses in a vaguely Japanese style...
|TILT THE GLOBE TO MAXIMIZE BIOMASS: by Wayan, 1990/3/31, a cryptomnesic dream prodding me for a decade
I dreamed I took a globe off its stand, drilled new poles, and put it back on tilted, so that
most continents are greener; Tokyo, Alaska and Tierra del Fuego are now all tropical...
13 years later, dream forgotten, I start what I think is a nondream art project, by tilting...
|TONY DIGS THE RED EARTH: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2008/2/23; painting in the Box of Dreams
It's Thanksgiving but my brother won't come in; he's digging up red earth. In our family he always digs up...
|TRISKELION: by Kristopher Saknussemm, c.1986, a surreal false-waking dream
Only up close do I see that the map of these mysterious continents is made of moths. I wake
in Polynesia. By the bed, in a jar, floats one of my hands. For no reason, I begin to cry...
|TWENTY-SIX LETTERS, or, A Complete Summary of Poesy; by Cory & Wayan, early Aug. 1992; a haiku slam|
You get 26 dice with letters on every face. Roll them all. Your haiku must use every letter. Go!
|TWISTED!: by Wayan; 2003/6/23, 18 images; a nondream experiment
I twirled pinups into surreal not-quite-abstracts, to see just how twisted sex could get...
CAUTION: NAKED PRETZELS
|TWO GORILLAS IN THE FIELD: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2008/12/5; painting in the Box of Dreams
I see two gorillas in the field. One waves at me and approaches. I feel excited but a little scared...
|UNICORN STAIN-GLASS WINDOW: by Wayan; 1983/4/28, subliminal or predictive dream
The stained-glass unicorns were stunning, sexy... but veiled by a bland, tasteful,
flowery inner stained-glass window. 18 months later I saw the dream window...
|UNIVERSITY OF THE SIERRA: by Wayan; 1975/10/30, a pun-studded dream poem
Jealous of newlyweds, I grind my teeth. But the Ice Age ground the Sierra's granite teeth, and they're lovelier for it...
|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...
|THE VEGETABLES OF SHADOW: by Wayan; 1999/10/4. Nondream surrealist art technique.
Make silhouettes of your beloved vegetables; then listen to the spaces between...
CAUTION: LEWD SQUASH
|VERITY'S WINGS: by Jenny Badger Sultan; 2009/8/21; painting in the Box of Dreams
My friend Verity's given a beautiful set of wings. I'm envious until I consider what angel wings imply...
|THE WEB-BIRD LED ME: by Wayan; 1992/8/13; digital sketch previsioning the World Dream Bank?
Maybe the web like a shining dove will lead me from my lonely cave
into the light. The glaring light... Wait! That can't be right!
CAUTION: SEPIA HALFTONE NUDITY
|WIDE FACE: by Wayan; Digital sketch, 1992/8/13, of hypnogogic image.
A portrait of Snow White's eighth dwarf, the one Disney had to leave out...
|WING IT: by Wayan, 1995/12/29-1996/2/14, a 9-page improv comic.
An art experiment--the only rule is DRAW without preconceptions--
no models, no ideas, no plans, not even dreams. Drawing from the void!
|WINGVOW: by Wayan; 101K, 1994. Digital collage of dream figures
Here's an incantation to induce flying dreams. "Bring me wings NOW, or forever hold your peace..."
|WINTER DREAMS: by Jenny Badger Sultan; winter 2004/2005, a painted series of color-dreams.
After teaching a class on color, I had a series of vivid dreams
about color, and tried fusing them into one painting...
|WOODCUT: by Wayan; 1998/8/13. Digital "woodblock print" of dream-self.
Cartoony self-portrait as I paint with Persephone's pomegranate paintbrush. A mock woodblock print...
CAUTION: CARTOON NUDITY
|WYVERN: by Wayan; 1997/9/3 to 9/18, 22" ceramic sculpture; recurring dream figure.
I dreamed of a dragon-woman on a reef. She was my guardian, but she let me drown! She had her reasons...
CAUTION: SCALY NUDITY
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