Dreams is an exploration in nostalgia and childhood, with a heavy emphasis on re-contextualising familiar imagery and pushing it back out the way I wanted to see it. The posters feature stylised photography of my own; the places could be anywhere U.S.A - highlighting how Americanised Australian culture is - but are in fact locations where I grew up and hold strong memories for me. Whether these images are important because of their ties to America or in spite of is something I myself have pondered.

The characters I have used operate on various levels - on the one hand, they are graphic representations of important figures to me, people who have become almost friends to someone who spent a great deal of their childhood on their own. On the other, I have purposely designed them to subvert gender roles. I grow tired of seeing sexualised women on posters, on merchandise and in films, and yet the time period I cling to - the 80’s and early 90’s - began to offer a new style of women, ones who were spunky, unique and didn’t have to get the guy in the end. My posters may not offer much in the way of potential plots on the surface, but all have story lines with strong women and men who belay the cookie-cutter-macho character.

Despite this, there is a facelessness to each poster. The photography recalls no particular location, the titles no specific plot nor movie. Often we recall things in shapes, colours, moods and more so in relation to things from our childhood. They become a blur of emotions and feelings, of happiness and elation that can’t be recreated as hard as we try. 

The final work was displayed as a poster wall to further the feel of the series. The wall was 7 metres long and housed at Sydney College of the arts in November 2013, as part of the graduate exhibition. "Dreams" won both the Printmaking Award and the Dean's Award.

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