K a t e   B e r t r a n d



Kate Bertrand is a writer and collage artist who relies on her dreams as a source of inspiration for poems and visual art. She lives in San Francisco, where she participates in two dream groups, studies Brazilian dance, and works as a free-lance business writer.

Artist's Statement

"I Am Who You Were"

In June 1999, I dreamed I was the shaman of a South American village. Energetic, up-tempo music played as I danced, barefoot, in the center of the village. At the climax of the dance, I leapt through the fourth wall of the dream with strength and grace, filled with the Dionysian joy of performing my rightful dance. The image of the fellow in the center of this collage came into my hands, from an unlikely source, at about the same time I had the dream; he captures perfectly the oeneric energy.

"Meeting Caesar"

In March 1997, the third anniversary of starting my business, I dreamed I met Julius Caesar three times in the course of one dream. Dominating this triptych dream were images of the ocean, horses, Roman warriors, and the powerful, magnetic Caesar. I wove these images into the collage plus references to the struggle to build my own empire and my need to "render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's."


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2002 ASD Dream Art Exhibition

19th Annual International Conference for the Association for the Study of Dreams
June 15 - 19, 2002
at Tufts University, Medford, Boston, Massachusetts

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