This painting is based on an old comic book panel. The original panel dealt with a man who found an amazing suit allowing him to roam inside the earth, looking for buried treasures others might have lost or forgotten. In a general sense, that resembles exploring your own dreams. We often think of the unconscious or the dreaming mind as “below” our waking level of consciousness. Although you can encounter terrifying things, you also can have some wonderful adventures and make discoveries.
In a more specific sense, I’ve gone underground several times in dreams. The thought bubble in this painting contains fragments of those dreams, torn from the pages of my typed dream journals. Some of them were scary, some were mysterious, some were wonderful. Being submerged or subterranean might make you feel secure and protected, or it might make you feel claustrophobic. Things die and rot underground, but things also take root and grow.
Fortunately for our dreamer in this piece, he has an awesome suit to help him safely navigate these unusual earthen realms. Pondering his mortality and its place in the march of life across this planet, he searches out what others buried and forgot. You can make up your own story about what he finds, but we believe this terra-naut will find inspiration.