|Barbara Kraus (as Aloise Schinkenmaier)|
14 x 9 inches, oil and acrylic on canvas, 2019
Dreams contain images, sounds, and words that must be contained inside one’s being. Curiously the material contained in dreams might consist of features that were never experienced in one's life; places never traveled, languages never learned, sounds never heard, times of yore or future. Where does this material come from? Archetypes, shared memory, or can the unconscious travel beyond our bodies to different times and different places? It’s known that our DNA contains of up to 3% denisovan, 5% of neanderthal, and a whole lot of early homo sapiens. Along with DNA there would also be a memory, a trace of consciousness from our early ancestors. We normally can’t access this information as it is stored deep down in our subconsciousness. There are however atavisms, and there are still pre-industrialized (illiterate) people whose memories exist on different planes then ours. Oral traditions, counter-intuitively perhaps, can subsist through hundreds, even thousands of years.