Rachel Elston

Rachel Elston

Rachel Elston

Rachel Elston

Rachel Elston

Rachel Elston


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Narcoleptic Dream Elements: Maze vs. Mine

My studio practice is inspired by my particularly vivid dream experiences, as a result of my sleep disorder, Narcolepsy. This semester I have focused on two elements in particular from these dreams: The Maze and The Mine. Early on I discovered that attempting to accurately illustrate scenes from the unconscious mind through visual form alone is not possible. This is because a dream is composed of more than just what is seen: It is a combination of senses, emotions and visceral reactions. I therefore chose these specific elements and designed each piece with the aim to evoke an emotional response in my audience. By juxtaposing them in a slightly unsettling way, the audience can not only see some of the images I have seen in my dreams, but also begin to feel the way that I have felt.

The masking tape stencilling technique I used on the two large mazes, along with the contrasting colour selection of the mines, are designed to add to the threatening and unsettling nature of each painting.