Lisa Kimberly Glickman


New Series Underway.

For The Visual Essay on Dreaming, Napping, and Insomnia 2011-2016

I developed a series of colour-saturated paintings about dreaming, sleep and sleeps’ wicked twin, insomnia. Working primarily in acrylic paints, most of my images have abstract elements, with the faces and hands fully rendered.

“Now, blessings light on him that first invented sleep! It covers a man all over, thoughts and all, like a cloak; it is meat for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, heat for the cold, and cold for the hot. It is the current coin that purchases all the pleasures of the world cheap, and the balance that sets the king and the shepherd, the fool and the wise man, even.” 
                                                                       - Miguel de Cervantes
Sleep is essential to our lives, yet modern society undervalues this activity and sees it as unproductive. Maybe this is because, as Cervantes observes, everybody is equal while sleeping, all of us vulnerable and helpless no matter what we do during our waking hours. But at the same time, our dreams are as varied and particular as we are. The body may be quiet but the mind continues to be active. With this conundrum in mind, I used the figure in repose as a way of exploring colour, light, texture, and symbolism to evoke a sense of wonder. The settings are sometimes realistic and sometimes not, helping to elicit a sense of the personalities of my subjects, whose private journeys I spy upon and intercept through my own imagination. 

Roz, Acrylic on Canvas, 16" x 20"