Freeform Dreaming is a large abstract watercolour painting showing distorted figures in a rainbow of light. The figures are strange and have blurred limbs, sometimes appearing multiple times in different possitions. It is almost as if they are moving. Shafts of light seem to cut across the image in a beautiful patchwork of pastel colours “like lustrous petals scattered across the paper”. The way the picture plane is divided up into sections is reminiscent of cubism. The eerie, indistinct feel of the image is evocative of dreams.
The painting was created by taking reference photos of dancers at a modern dance club with strobe lighting. The camera was set to a slow shutter speed so as to capture the movement of the dancers. It produced some strange distortions to the faces an bodies of the dancers, making them blend and flow together in the light. The strobe lighting produced some amazing colour effects.
Freeform Dreaming explores how the brain reprocesses our memories whilst we sleep. It takes the key shapes but often the details are lost or distorted. Whilst we are dreaming we often do not notice this but it becomes obvious once we wake up and examine the dream.