Fariba Bogzaran


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“Eggs Dreaming” (Installation) “Madonna and the Egg”
(pastel & acrylic on canvas, 38.5” x 21”)
“Vibration in Matter II”
(pastel & acrylic on canvas, 39” x 20.75”)

Fariba Bogzaran, Ph.D., is an artist, visionary, writer and teacher. She is an Associate Professor and founder of the Dream Studies Program at John F. Kennedy University in California, and has been an exhibiting artist since 1983. She founded and chaired the arts for the International Association for the Study of Dreams conferences and curated numerous exhibitions for IASD on dream-inspired art (1987-1999).

She met the surrealist painter Gordon Onslow Ford in 1989 and began regular dialogue with him and several other painters with the similar directions. The culmination of this exploration was her research Images of the Lucid Mind (1996) and a pioneering exhibition and publication, Through the Light: An exploration of Consciousness (Dream Creations, 1997). In 1998, Onslow Ford, Bogzaran and other supporters founded the Lucid Art Foundation, a non-profit art organization. She has been the director of the Foundation since its inception.

Artist Statement

The sources of inspiration reflected in my paintings have been the exploration of the unknown, the mystery of lucid dreams, hypnagogic imagery, and the presence and depths of nature. For me living in nature is an essential aspect of who I am and what I create.

The spontaneous process of creation is a fluid intersection between the waking and dreaming mind, and thus my art is a Lucid Art. Lucid Art is a convergence of the universal creative force, expressed through a spontaneously-created work of art, that elicits in the viewer an aspect of the inner worlds. My artwork is a movement that oscillates from spirit/matter - matter/spirit, dreams/waking-waking/dreams. For me, to explore the vast dimensions of the Mind, the process of creation happens through multi-media art practices.

I often with one dream for a long time and create series of artworks related to the spirit of that dream. I am not a dream illustrator. My final art projects are initially inspired by a significant dream but in the process of creation they evolve into new forms. In the past three years I “eggs” have appeared in several dreams; one in particular, I was giving birth to an egg. The other significant egg dream was a special balancing dance with a black and white hat with eggs connected to it. Exploring and embodying this archetype through various art forms, including collaborative installations, has brought invaluable insights for me personally as well as those who participated in the art projects

2005 IASD Dream Art Exhibition

22nd Annual Conference for the International Association for the Study of Dreams
June 24 - June 28, 2005
Berkeley, California

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