a dream project

I have been collecting brief descriptions of recent actual dreams, all of which are included here. I am not interested in analyzing them, but simply curious about the experiences we have while our minds and bodies are at rest.

In the process of collecting these dream stories, I was inspired to make A Thousand Threads, a limited edition, screen-printed book. It contains short, meditative poems I wrote by interweaving the dream fragments of others with my own dream imagery.

This project was part of The Spaces in Between, a solo exhibition curated by Susanna Meiers, February 14 – March 11, 2011, at the El Camino College Art Gallery in Torrance, CA.

To see all of the book pages or contribute a dream story, please go to www.betsylohrerhall.com. Thanks!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Anonymous - Holding Hands

From a semi-recent vivid dream:

I was walking up some stairs, not paying too much attention. There was someone in my way, facing me. I didn’t look up, but instead just said, “Excuse me.” The person didn't move, so I looked up, and it was an old friend, smiling at me with the warmest, most welcoming, closed-mouth smile. We immediately held hands tightly and walked away together hurriedly.

This old friend is someone I had loved for a long time without telling him. We finally were together for only one summer, and I got my heart broken. That was 15 years ago. He shows up in dreams once in a blue moon. I am pregnant right now, and I've heard it's common, for some reason, to dream about past loves.

- Anonymous
October 23, 2010

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