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Dreamed by Jim Shaw between 1987 & Jan. 1995.

1. Someone put [my friend] Chris's iguana on my shoulders as I survey a room, but it leapt into the room & made hand gestures & spoke in incomprehensible iguana language, blaming me for something.
An iguana scolds the dreamer in a flood room. Dream sketches by Jim Shaw. Click to enlarge.
Woman opens a digital portal in her scalp, checking for water damage. Dream sketch by Jim Shaw. Click to enlarge. 2. [My wife] Marnie had gotten her scalp wet & she was worried it might have affected the digital programming unit in her head. So she unbuckled the snap to make sure it was OK.

--Jim Shaw


Note how neither the dreams' texts nor their illustrations tell the whole story here; you need both. For example, Jim doesn't mention the flooding in the first dream, but both his sketches show it; yet the images can't show if the iguana talks, or if its language is comprehensible.

That unmentioned water's no trivial detail. In the second dream, again there's flooding & potential water damage. If you only read the dream text, you couldn't see the theme recurs.

--Chris Wayan

SOURCE: Jim Shaw's Dreams, Jan. 1995, Smart Art Press. Dreamed 1987-95; drawn 1993-95.

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