Texas Mountain Laurel Seeds, Edgewood Cast Iron, Western Cedar, Secret Gravel
The Birth of a Lucid Dream II
As a boy and in my early teen years, I would often go into sleep paralysis in the middle
of the night, spending hours trapped inside my own body, horrified at being unable to
move or wake myself up. The panic would induce hallucination and outer body
experience that had me questioning my own reality often. It was at this time that I
began to understand the mind to be something that could exist beyond the body. I
began exploring this my mind as a place, I eventually found a back door escape from
the paralysis by slipping into a dreaming state while still conscious. This is often
referred to as lucid dreaming. In this state, I had access to an ever-changing space
totally free from any practical or physical constraints, and began experimenting with
extreme scales and impossible forms. It’s here where I’ve made my best work, and also
how I came to accept the ephemeral nature of my practice.
This piece Birth of Lucid Dream II represents the moment in which my mind (with each
seed representing a thought) is able to escape the confines of my dark, steadfast body
(iron) and expand past reality (cedar) and into the infinite space within the mind (gravel).
In the first instantiation of Birth of Lucid Dream (2021), depicts an early stage in which
the mind is first expanding from the body.