“Inner Interpretations,” a show in which notes on dreams that led to artistic expression are displayed beside the works of three artists, is on view at Individual Artists of Oklahoma, 706 W Sheridan.
Exploring what Sigmund Freud called “the royal road to the unconscious” in the exhibit, which opened Sept. 14, are Norman artists Carolyn Faseler, Corazon Watkins and Betty Wood.
Faseler’s acrylic paintings, most of which have a small, square format, are the most purely abstract, and have a strong impact, which her verbal explanations may enhance, for some viewers.
Random red, gestural squiggles of paint, on a yellow-green, heavily textured background, are related to participation in a weaving group in Faseler’s “Dream Painting #6,” for example.
The connection is a bit more clear cut between a central red square in Faseler’s “Dream Painting #7” and the “big red Cadillac” (driven by someone who prefers compacts) described in the text.
Loose, vertical lines, swipes of vivid color, and siphon- or bottle-like shapes, interact well with grainy textures, in Faseler’s larger acrylics, numbers 18 and 19, both of which she relates to dreams about teaching.
Mixed media collage techniques figure more prominently, along with painterly elements, and the visual contents seem more closely tied to the verbal texts, in the small, also 12-by-12-inch works of Watkins.
An actual key is passed by part of the arm of an unseen God to Adam from Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel in one composition which Watkins said has to do with spiritual awareness.
Also emphasizing enlightenment is “Someone is Watching,” a small work by Watkins in which a tiny female with her back to us contemplates an eye in a pyramid, similar to the one on the U.S. dollar bill.