The idea behind the ‘Dream Catcher’ series is to inspire the viewer, especially now, as our dreams seem to be slipping through our fingers. We are continuing through a global pandemic which seems to have no end and now we face a war in Europe and a global recession – wherever we are in the world, things seem unusually tough.
The 'Dream Catcher' Fine Art Print represents an affordable piece of art, perfect as a gift for that special person who may need some encouragement right now.
By definition, the ‘Dream Catcher’ is seen as a protective talisman that is used to protect people from nightmares and bad dreams. The charm was usually used for young children and hung above their cradles or beds. Native American cultures believe that both good and bad dreams fill the air at night.
On a scale beyond what any one could have imagined, we seem to be experiencing a deep and all pervasive sense of loss. We have had to face our mortality in ways we could never have imagined.
Julia was invited to show her ‘Dream Catcher’ Collection in Paris, in December 2020, during the Pandemic. The gallerist compared her ‘Dream Catcher’ paintings to Monet’s water lily wartime paintings, which brought psychic relief to the French as WWI was ending. The aim of the show was to allow her work to inspire hope in the despondent Parisian community, as they faced a second lock down.
‘Dream Catcher I’, a highly evocative image, was featured by the Turbine Art Fair (Africa’s largest Art Fair in Johannesburg) on their Instagram Feed in celebration of Nelson Mandela Day or Freedom Day in South Africa in 2020. TAF also showed 3 of the Dream Catcher Fine Art Prints at Design Joburg in May 2022. It appears to have a strong archetypal resonance.
The print edition of 400 for the Small 'Dream Catcher' is unusually large - Julia’s deliberate intention is to reach as large an audience as possible, promoting positive mental health and well being. The Dopamine Effect of art, especially colourful art, is well documented and she wishes to share this with as many people as possible.
A Dream Catcher Fine Art Print is literally ‘a dream on paper’.
(Updated June 2022)