Richard Russo is an author, editor and
dreamworker who lives in Berkeley, California, and is past President of
IASD and Editor of DreamTime. As Chair of the IASD Arts Committee
he has curated many exhibitions of dream art, and created a multimedia
presentation, “Dream Journeys,” for the 2000 conference in Washington, DC.
In addition to his dream art, he has published short fiction and edited
two literary collections as well as the anthology, Dreams Are Wiser
Than Men (North Atlantic Books, 1987).
"The Labyrinth in the Web"
I park my car at night in the city. I don't see any parking meters but then I notice a row of tall metal cylinders and wonder if that's where I'm supposed to pay. I pull the cap off one and look in. I see a stack of coins -- but also a hairy spider! I quickly try to put the cap back on, but it's too late, the spider jumps out at me. It's dangling on a strand in front of me. I try to brush it away but it comes right at my face ... then it is a spider web coming at me very fast. As I wake up, frightened, I get a close look at the web, and see that the center of the web is in the form of a labyrinth. (March 2003)
The dream was frightening, almost a
nightmare, and I woke abruptly from it feeling anxious. Yet right at the
end, it presented the striking image of a labyrinth in the center of the
spider’s web. In the days that followed, I kept thinking about that spider
web. I felt as if the dream took the form of a nightmare and ended with
the web rushing right at my face so that I would wake from it and remember
the spider’s web. For this reason, I felt it important that I honor the
dream by creating an image of the spider web.
“The Voices in the Grove”
The image of the "trees full of women's
faces" stuck in my mind and I knew that I wanted to make my own version of
Over time, I mixed together the two dreams
in my mind, so that the "circle of animals" became a circle of trees with
women's faces. The final image was assembled from nine different
2005 IASD Dream Art Exhibition
Conference for the International Association for the Study of
- 2005 -