Dreaming Awake: Worlds of the Subconscious
November 21 – December 2, 2014
Highsmith Art and Intercultural Gallery
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 21, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
The Senior Exhibition in Drawing is the culmination of Bunzey's work toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Bunzey describes her work in the abstract of her research for the Fall 2014 Undergraduate Research Symposium scheduled for December 1: Drawing can be used as a medium for exploring the subconscious mind. These far-fetched simulations of reality represent a visual train of thought. I use image association as a method for creating. Each piece begins with one simple element, such as a landscape, drawn entirely from memory. Allowing my stream of consciousness to take over, each visual decision influences the next. As a result, the artist reaches an uninhibited state that is indicative of the mind altering effects of drugs or alcohol. This detached sense of reality allows access to the imagery of the inner self without censorship, producing the most honest reflection of the subconscious mind. Thus this body of work provides a window into the expansive realm of the psyche. Creating these images allows the artist to harness the subconscious mind, reinventing literal information. This process of translating objective components into fantastical renditions is reminiscent of lucid dreaming. Having the control to alter the environment allows ordinary objects to take on a heightened significance, leading the viewer into a strange, mystical dreamscape. Hannah Bunzey (Symposium abstract)