the transparent unconscious



The Transparent Unconscious is a complex, physical representation of a lucid dream in the form of a book. Following Lewis Carroll’s character Alice in “Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland,” the reader can fall into uncharted territory like the dreamlike state of my unconscious. This metaphorical rabbit hole is further expanded upon through the use of physical holes that unwittingly throw the reader from the current events taking place on the page to the following pages, creating an intense, claustrophobic atmosphere. As the reader progresses, this agoraphobia refuses to release them from its grasp, much like how my dreams refuse to provide me with the sense of peace that I often find myself in search of. The book consists of abstract multi-media imagery, paired with a poetic narrative following dream, though it is unclear if this dream is slowly becoming corrupted as hints of darkness begin to find themselves embedded alongside contrasting images. These images are juxtaposed in order to further amplify the growing feeling of agoraphobia, reminiscent of the nights when the line between a simple dream and nightmare begin to blur. This project exhibits a search that my unconscious self is struggling to grasp on to. When the lights go out, memories of the traumatic past haunt the mind and create a chaotic and suffocating environment. Realistic imagery clashes with lost, complex, and abstract remnants of the past. The mind yearns for former moments filled with euphoria, which are now hidden with instances of murky thoughts. Dreams, or rather nightmares, provide us with an outlet in which we use to lay our unhappiness with the world to rest. It also pulls from deep within our subconscious the repressed memories and feelings that we would much rather remain hidden. With much research and analysis of Sigmund Freud and his study of the unconscious mind, I have chosen to use imagery that conceptually symbolizes this desperation to return to a euphoric state.

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This book would not have been possible without the help of Mark Zalba and Rony Aleman.