Dream Flight

If a painting was a dream you might be able to interpret it as if it was a message from the unconscious. I am not a writer but a painter – but few people speak paint – so I will try and translate, although this is a bit like asking a dancer to do maths ….

It is night. Dark. so I am really probably asleep. There is a  sickle moon. I am skimming the water –  or at least, I think it’s me. I am usually male but tonight I’m not. I have wings, they are large but heavy and I can only just keep above the water. They must be artificial because they have gears and cogs. I can’t make it on my own, I need help, support.

I want to be a bird, I want to fly. The skimming of the water accentuates the feeling of speed, of movement, but gravity is strong tonight and there is a fear of falling in the wild and unforgiving sea beneath me.

Freud had some things to say about flying in dreams; he reckoned they were a figment of an over active ego. But Freud is Freud and this is my dream and I get to say what it stands for. It is simply power, freedom, dance, energy. It comes from the belly and lifts you up, a quickening that is filled with joy and life. It is a sacred thing – hence the halo – and it is taking me home!

Jake Baddeley


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Dream Flight - oil on canvas - 90 x 70 cm - 2018

Dream Flight – oil on canvas – 90 x 70 cm – 2018 – see availability

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