Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

Andrew Antoniou : Catalogue of Waking Dreams

I am intrigued by the complexity of life ,its hidden layers, the
workings of the unconscious in our dreams and everyday life and
the mercurial nature of remembered experience and the true
poetic nature of the imagination. The influences in my work are
many and varied and often the purpose in trying to realise an
image is to bring the many strands together of what is seemingly,
unrelated thoughts,feelings and experiences..This creates what
could be termed an “absurdism” where the imagery has a cryptic
nature creating a narrative that is layered with meaning and
references . I work almost exclusively from the imagination,
drawing on my memory as a source to recreate images from the
unconscious. In my work I have taken elements of theatre,
pantomime, song and film. I often find a line from a song or a
passage from a film or play which inspires my own narrative and
provides a start point for a reworking of the idea through my own
Through my drawing I have developed a method of collaging
compositions together in order that I can direct the narrative. I will
make several drawings of individual characters in different poses
and costumes as well as settings that would be made up of
collaged pieces of landscapes and interiors. The next stage would
be to try to bring together these elements into a meaningful
composition. Often I wont know the nature of the narrative until it
is arranged on the page. Often this absurdism is manifest when I
arrive at the limits of a conventional narrative form.




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