Professor Virginia Maksymowicz
Dreams, Daydreams, Nightmares, and Art
Although it may seem as if dreams, daydreams, nightmares, and art are all unrelated topics, this is not the case at all. These forms of expression are interconnected in strange ways and can all come together to create great works of art. Dreams are the succession of emotions or ideas that occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. Daydreaming is a short detachment from ones surrounding in which a person immerses in fantasy. Daydreams usually tend to be happy or pleasant in nature. Nightmares, on the other hand, are unpleasant dreams that can cause a strong emotional response from the mind. If one can learn how to properly utilize these phenomena, inspiration can be drawn from them. This utilization is important because there is so much that is not known about the unconscious and fantasy.
One can examine the unconscious to grasp what it means to the creation of works of art. In “Paradoxes of Creativity” Barzun writes that nothing can come from nothing. There is an origin ascribed to all creation, even though the popular belief is that the act of creation is producing something where there was nothing before. Since this is the case, one might then ask where ideas come from. Singer explains that some philosophers believe that daydreams are a part of the real world, in “Introspective Studies of Fantasy.” He also writes that studies show daydreams come to life in certain forms. Daydreaming is something people all do in different degrees. Many of people fantasize of realistic goals that they would like to reach. The unconscious expresses itself through these daydreams. Barzun says that four steps of genius are as followed, initiative, knack for something such as art, the trained professional, and then the genius. The genius is one that is in tune with the unconscious mind. This may or may not manifest itself as an outward appearance of...
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