Dreams is an exploration in nostalgia and childhood, with a heavy emphasis on re-contextualising familiar imagery and pushing it back out the way I wanted to see it. The posters feature stylised photography of my own; the places could be anywhere U.S.A - highlighting how Americanised Australian culture is - but are in fact locations where I grew up and hold strong memories for me. Whether these images are important because of their ties to America or in spite of is something I myself have pondered.
The characters I have used operate on two levels - on the one hand, they are graphic representations of important figures to me, people who have become almost friends to someone who spent a great deal of their childhood on their own. On the other, I have purposely designed them to subvert gender roles. I grow tired of seeing sexualised women on posters, on merchandise and in films, and yet the time period I cling to - the 80’s and early 90’s - began to offer a new style of women, ones who were spunky, unique and didn’t have to get the guy in the end. My posters may not offer much in the way of potential plots on the surface, but all have story lines with strong women and men who belay the cookie-cutter-macho character.
On a final note, music has played a big role in the creation of these works, as to me music can define our memories even more strongly than imagery. Each have their own atmosphere, their own moods and these are tightly linked with the music I was listening to at the time.