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 - Talking with Barack Obama

I was sitting in a small auditorium waiting for Barack Obama to speak.  He was on the other side of the aisle --- on a light diagonal ---  from me without the company of a Secret Service detail, just next to a rather old civilian gentleman.  He and I were talking about what he was going to say, and I urged him to address gun control.  Then I spent a long time trying to suggest a word for him to use in place of control, regulation, restriction, collaboration, limitation --- something friendlier which might pass muster with the NRA.  I came up with cooperation.  Gun cooperation.  Not likely, I suspect.  Too chummy.  Too soft.  Poor Barack, I decided, he just can't win.  I did find that he looked exactly like his photographs and was very soft spoken and pleasant.  It was a lovely experience.


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