Art by Arielle Coupe, Oakland
Arielle Coupe
I was put on this earth to experience the world as a human, I guess.
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Personal Symbols and Creating a Dream

By Arielle Coupe

The objective is to live in cohesion with our subconscious

I love painting a simple, endless horizontal line. For me, it conjures the feeling of limitlessness and a vague sense of depth. These images and corresponding notions often appear as a backdrop in my dream theater. With these feelings of limitlessness present in both the waking and sleeping realms, I feel connected to the idea of an infinite landscape. I am inspired to represent this vision in  different forms, to challenge myself by adding it into new settings and against seemingly unrelated sceneries. Images that I depict through painting or drawing will often appear in my dreams and arouse in new forms within my artwork.


The practice of bringing the Dream World into reality is an eye-opening and revealing process – a powerful means to understanding the relationship we have with our surroundings. Playing with dreams through art acts as a bridge between the inner and outer worlds of consciousness. Creating a dreamscape through painting influences the aesthetic of the subconscious.


Designed by our subconsciouses, dreams come in many forms including daydreams, nightdreams, lucid dreams, goals, desires and visions. When we dream, the subconscious writes its own logic and rules which are in constant flux. Some laws that apply in waking life may be irrelevant in dream life. For example, it’s striking to see that gravity is of no consequence when you’re flying to work, rushing to avoid being late.


The symbols that arise in dreams can often seem eerie, exhilarating, or intangible. The practice of sketching them allows us to reclaim and redefine the significance of objects. After a nightmare, a spooky element can be extracted from the dream and contrasted with a symbol that conjures bliss. By displaying these objects in their purest forms, in playing with their realities and juxtaposing their differences, there is a chance to redefine their meanings. A haunted doorway can become a portal into the unknown. A bland desk-job can become entertaining as sticky notes come to life and whisper jokes about your boss. Whether dream space is dark, pleasant, or dull, it is safe because it belongs to the dreamer alone.


The dreamer chooses how to personalize the symbols that visit their subconscious. Dreams allow us to think outside of the box. They reveal underlying desires and fears. Dreams allow for us to discover what the subconscious offers that waking life is lacking. A daydream featuring talking office supplies might reveal the need for spontaneity in the workspace. A night dream where one communicates with a dead relative might hint at the need for family support. Focusing on the bridge between the two realms is an illuminating experience.


The most productive way to connect these powerful visions to both the dream world and the real world, is to create something from their imagery. A dream turned into an illustration or prose allows for the vision to manifest in everyday life. Through this collective practice, new perspectives are honored and shared. Documenting valuable pieces of dreams can help awaken future possibilities, personal transformations, social changes and innovative approaches.


Dreams are present to be engaged and applied to waking life. The amount of ways there are to interpret a dream are fathomless in quantity and variation. Treating subconscious visions with thought and care will result in a growth of the inner and outer worlds. The objective is not to pick at and solve a dream, but to gather, remember and be inspired by what we imagine – to live in cohesion with our subconscious.


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