Publication Date

Spring 2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts


Independent Film and Digital Imaging

First Advisor

Beth Parin, M.F.A.

Second Advisor

Javier Chavira, M.F.A.

Third Advisor

Dirk Fletcher, M.F.A.


Stage V: A Visual Interpretation of My Dreams is a project based on the visions of characters, which I have encountered during dream states. The title is derived from the fifth stage of sleep, also referred to as REM sleep for the stage in which dreaming occurs. This project has its basis in the psychology of dreams, and the interpretations of my own dreams. All imagery created for this project will be extracted from my personal dream journal entries, and my interpretations of them. I will photograph each element used in the final photographic illustrations, and I will use symbolism, metaphors, and titles for each piece to assist the viewer in identifying the purpose of the body of work, and hint at their interpretations. Some hints will be obvious and easy for the viewer to relate to, such as running in place, while others will be more complex as I rely upon my own interpretations of the dream imagery.

My thesis project is Fine Art based, consisting of digitally manipulated photographs and textures to create surreal environments, and enhancing the viewer’s sense of traversing a plane between the conscious and unconscious mind. I will produce 16 images for this project, and each will be printed onto photo rag Fine Art paper for a tactile texture to enhance the narrative, using archival pure pigment inks for longevity. Each print will be mounted onto 18” x 24” wood panels.