Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Reading Dreams: Representation of Dreams Through Artists' Books
by Sheah, Julie, M.A., The George Washington University, 2015, 43; 1591082
Abstract (Summary)

Within pages and spreads, a reader can sometimes experience someone’s stream of consciousness. The book’s narrative, images, prose, and other components can break free from the parameters of a conventional book, unbound by the rules of formatting styles, grammar, and narrative. An artists’ book is free to be confusing, delightful, and horrifying. When creating an artists’ book to represent a dream, the difficulty of solidly recounting images and events that existed only in my mind creates a barrier between the reader and me. This barrier makes me feel inarticulate and ineffectual in that one of my main objectives as an artist is to coherently express an idea. While no medium possesses the capacity to fully transmit a dream, the artists’ book is one of the most comprehensive, artistic representations of a dream, and the parallels between experiencing a dream and experiencing a book allow for the terms “artist” and “dreamer” to shift interchangeably.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McAleer-Keeler, Kerry M.
Commitee: Deal, Georgia, Hurtt, Sarah N., Kharchi, Antje, McAleer-Keeler, Kerry M., Smith, Kenneth
School: The George Washington University
Department: Fine Arts and Art History
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Art history, Cognitive psychology
Keywords: Artists' books, Dream, Dreaming, Rare book study
Publication Number: 1591082
ISBN: 9781321815504
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