by C. Finley
New York and Rome-based artist C. Finley debuts Same Bed, Different Dreams, a cycle of large scale paintings in dialogue with the universal nature of dreaming and the human desire to understand and order the meaning of dreams. Each canvas is proportional to a mattress set-single, full, queen, or king with corresponding pillows-and responds to the progression of the zodiac, using the elements of each sign to guide the composition. On their multicolored surfaces, various systems of symbols converge and are woven together, echoing the seemingly esoteric and illusory montage of our dreams. Shifted vertically onto the wall, the shape of each canvas bed becomes a supernatural portal to the mystical visions embodied in dreams.
Each night we fall asleep, setting out on similar journeys, crossing thresholds and inhabiting distinct worlds as numerous and unique as we are. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” These vibrant works by C. Finley explore the exquisite nature of dreams, and guide us from the realm of sleep into a collective, ecstatic awakening.
Image: PISCES, The Channel of Inspiration (Full Bed), 74x54 inches, acrylic on canvas, 2016