K e l l y    G o r m a n




Kelly Gorman is currently enrolled as a painting major at the Atlanta College of Art in Atlanta, Georgia.

Artist's Statement

Though I will never forget the technically realistic pieces of art I've created in training to observe the outside world, I know that my true calling comes from the inner world., the world of dreams. Dreams hold the key to an unending source of information to use in creating art. They describe the situations and emotions that we all experience in life, and possess symbols and metaphors of life that we can all relate to. If people pay attention to their dreams they can gather an understanding of themselves, others, and possibly their true purpose in life.

"Museum Dream"

The idea for the painting titled "Museum Dream" originated from a dream I experienced the night of April 8th, 2001. The main figure of a man in the red room is explaining to me that although my dreams may produce fear, they can also be an important open source of creativity. The dream began with a horrifying experience in which a group of piranha skeletons surround a frightened woman standing upon an island and I am told "You produced these and they can come back now...." The next part of the dream is what I created the painting from. It features a figure in a gallery holding a glass. His hand is up to introduce to me the silver/metal sculpture of a hare with its lungs exposed (human-sized). At this instant I am told "It's okay...look at this." It's telling me that creativity can emerge out of fear and to not be afraid of it.

"The Painted Man in Every Room"
This painting arose out of a dream I experienced the night of October 19th, 2001. During this dream I was aware that I was in my "other world," my "subconscious world." The dream began with me entering a hallway in my where an older woman led me around. I kicked open a couple of closed doors in this hallway and my painting, "The Painted Man in Every Room" is the image I saw. It featured thick white splatters over the top portion of the male's sleeping body (with no shirt) and the bottom is almost like crayon with a mixture of colors. There was also loud music blasting within all these rooms. As soon as I saw this image in my dream I knew I was meant to paint it. As I continued down this hallway I found only one room with a man in it that I could talk to. He answered the door and I begged him to let me in to see his sculptures. Instead, I talked to him about being in my "other world" right now. I remember seeing flashes of his sculptures. They were abstracted shapes in primary colors.


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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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