William Blake introduced the doors of perception in 1790 with a quote that is widely recognized today: If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is: Infinite. --William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is one of William Blake's prophetic books, a series of texts written in imitation of biblical books of prophesy and at the same time expressing Blake's own intensely personal romantic and revolutionary beliefs.
Here, Blake’s meaning of the doors of perception as something out from the bible is of less concern as to the reason why I chose to take reference from his quote. Instead, I take reference from Blake’s ideology of an inner experience with our subconscious altering our sensory and mind perceptions to create a utopian landscape of altered, deconstructed fantasies that exist from the mind.
I find approaches in psychoanalytical research interesting as a method of exploration in my artworks as I connect that fantasies in our conscious or unconscious state can be altered in visual and mental perspective. In this series, I focus much attention on the idea of home and what home can appear as an inner or outer discord in both adults and children. Bruno Bettlehiem in Fairy Tales as Ways of Knowing mentions that we are very much at home with ourselves despite of being in whatever time and whichever place. His analogy has influenced the Lewis Carroll in writing Alice in the Wonderland and in many ways, this series draw its influence from the book. Each drawing has an image of a door that leads to this inner or outer state in our mind or real space and I invite my viewers to explore with me the mental images that can exist in both real and imaginary reality.
The images on the work are therefore also drawn in simplified lines to represent an ephemeral, childish quality, which is suppose to be short-lived as with the images in our mind. The choice of fabrics and method of stitching acts as a layer for the changes in interior and exterior perspective while the piecing together of layers seeks a kind of conscious perspective that I deal to represent fantasies.
References: Children’s book illustrators - Edmund Dulac, Margaret Tarrant, Lorenz Frolich and Oskar Klever, Axel Mathiesen