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Ella CHAWKLEY

Emerald Secondary College
VCE Studio Arts 3 & 4

Artist statement: This piece reflects the initial stage of dreaming where the subconscious mind remains intact with reality but is beginning to fall into a state of unfamiliarity. The work communicates the idea that when one enters the dreaming world, they are met by clarity in vision yet not in subject matter. This is represented by the repetition of the same person interacting with themselves seemingly with alternate views. The person wearing pyjamas is withheld and worried about touching the phone held by the person in black as they represent the subconscious worries and fears before they manifest into a nightmare. This interaction is based on a 1960s style phone which acts as the line of communication between each stage of dreaming and attempts to lessen the impact of their deep-rooted emotions on their perceptions of the outside world/reality.

Illusory  2021
pigment ink-jet print
42.0 x 55.0 cm
courtesy of the artist and Emerald Secondary College

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