Secret Planet (Newest Series)
I've come to understand these 3 types of symbols: conventional, accidental, and universal. Conventional symbols are learned through association; you see the word “candle” and a candle illuminates in your mind. Accidental symbols are based on personal experience, a candle might be nostalgic for me, and a symbol of romance for you. Universal symbols, like the four elements, are understood by everyone. Water can symbolize destruction during a flood-but renewal in a baptism. Greek scholar Artemidorus wrote in Interpretation of Dreams (Oneirokritikon) from 200 AD, “Dream interpretation is nothing other than the juxtaposition of similarities.” Dreams aren’t random, they are your thoughts, your analogies and your metaphors that you show yourself through symbolism. By understanding the symbolic significance of your dreams, you can understand yourself.
Interpreting dreams comes intuitively to me. When I wake up from a vivid dream, I will look at a dream dictionary to better understand the symbolism. Dreams are deeply personal, they come from the subconscious. This is how my art comes out of me, I think of something, sometimes from a dream, and I paint it, to interpret later.