Artists Statement

Being an insomniac does not preclude me from remembering my dreams, but I believe it does play an important role.  When I do finally fall to sleep I sleep desperately hard.  I began to notice that when I did remember a dream it was usually not so pleasant and I would wake up with my hands tightly clenched and my body tense.  As everyone knows this is not a good way to begin your day and probably leads to even more anxiety that will then lead to deeper and deeper insomnia.

When I made the object that is now the Dream Clutcher, I used leftover latex house paint to create the two end stalagmite-like shapes.  The paint had been resting in the bottom of the can for some time and had achieved a consistency that could be moulded with my hands and hold the shape of my manipulations.  I kept these two lumps beside my bed and would roll and kneed them in my palms at night as I was trying to fall asleep.  This continued for five days or so before the paint thoroughly dried.  I dont think I slept any better during those five days, but I must admit that I had no bad dreams and it was nice to work the paint with my hands as I lay there awake ( I am usually thinking about painting during these frustrating hours anyway). 

These are the facts the rest is up to you.

Description of Work

Title:           Dream Clutcher

Artist:           Craig Love

Country:      Canada

Date:            2005

Materials:    Latex house paint, flannelette bed sheet, wood, enamel, tar, acrylic, cardboard.

Size:           Artwork: Variable

                   Box: This work is in a cylindrical/tube with cap that is 6.5" high and 2.25" in diameter.

Weight:       no more than 1.5 lbs

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