Night life and Lucidity-A A +A
Monday, April 4, 2011
THIS season is blessed with a bountiful harvest of fresh and new talents, particularly in the field of painting.
Graduating fine arts students are all out in the open doing solo exhibits in various locations around the city in order to show to the metro their output and to encourage the public scrutinize their paintings. These young, budding artists have so much to show.
One of them is Roxanne de Metz who just concluded her very first one-woman show, intriguingly entitled “The Power of Lucid Dreams,” at the i2 building, Asiatown, IT Park in Lahug.
Her chosen title for the exhibit will instantly reveal that the artist is a dreamer, in the context of what she aspires in life, and at the same time clues us in that literally she remembers her nighttime dreams.
The artist, then, visually retells her subconscious thoughts and activities through paintings. And the dreamscape is a wonderland.
Dreams are personal in nature and there occurrence reveals and reflects a person’s inner self. It can also just be a manifestation of a person’s waking life, which the subconsciuos plays with at sleeptime.
Since de Metz’s paintings are dreamscapes, they naturally will appear to be surrealist in manner and style. The images seem to float in a sea populated by tiny stories about the wolf and the deer, the puma and the butterflies.
She will be graduating from the University of San Carlos and her collection of dream paintings is an art project she worked for her final year in college.
For her, the paintings are about the awareness of a person’s nighttime dreams and how lucid dreams can inspire artistic creativity in a person’s waking life.
She says, “My works are based upon my personal, lucid dream experience and my journeys within the REM (rapid eye movement) sleep realm.”
Clearly expressed in visual form and language, de Metz is an artist indeed who follows her dreams intently. The select paintings on this page are samples of her visual autobiography.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 05, 2011.