Saturday, September 11, 2010



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This drawing was finished twice. I finished it the first time in the evening a couple of days ago. I finished it the second time yesterday morning after awakening from a nightmare in which a stranger was coming at me with a knife. There were multiple doorways. I thought I’d be able, at the last second, to escape. I was wrong. He was upon me in a flash, and then I froze. He raised his hand. I called out with a strangled tongue. The sound of my voice made me sad. Only now does it occur to me that the drawing itself might have caused the dream, or have been the beginning of one that is still not finished.

In the Forum: not by the hair of my chinny chin chin.


Nevine said...

Dreams have such a massive impact on our lives... and are so massively impacted by what happens in our lives. It is no wonder that they help shape who we truly are. I am fascinated by this drawing... by the facial expression that seems vague... until you look more closely and see a silent anguish. Or... maybe that is just my perception.

A haunting piece of artwork.


William Michaelian said...

Thank you, Nevine. To your perception of silent anguish, which seems accurate to me, I’m tempted to add resignation and bliss. The three seem willing to coexist.

And you’re right, I think, about the way our daily lives and dream lives intersect and overlap. Really, I think we’d be wise to not try too hard to separate the two. It’s kind of like seeing ourselves as distinct or apart from nature, when we are, in fact, part of it.

Momo Luna said...

That's a scary but interesting dream William. Since i have kids and they awaken me suddenly in the morning, needing bread or tea or...., i forget my dreams most of the time. But somehow they turn up in my drawings. Just like this wonderful, mysterious drawing of yours.
As i take a closer look i see stars or maybe the seed of a dandelion dancing in the wind. The mouth looks sad, but the (closed) eyes sure doesn't. I don't know why. That's what i see. :-)
I hope to buy your wonderful book with these drawings end of the month. And it's joy to read everyday in your book One hand clapping.

William Michaelian said...

Thank you, dear friend, for giving One Hand Clapping such a good home. I love your dandelion dance. It will lead, I think, to brighter dreams.

jasmin said...

liebe Grüße von Jasmin, ja es gibt und muß ein Zusammenhang sein,ein Austausch, wobei der Traum eine Folge mit Bildern ist, und stellt immer so viele Fragen... ein schönes, sonniges und warmes Wochenende.

William Michaelian said...

Thank you, Jasmin, we are enjoying just the kind of weekend weather you describe....

With dreams, it seems I’m always left with more questions than answers. It’s as if dreams beget dreams, or like asking, which came first, the chicken or the egg?

SKIZO said...

Thank you for sharing
This fabulous work with us
Good creations

William Michaelian said...

Thanks, Skizo!