Part of The Inner Space Series. Promethean Dreams is a Digital Collage that hangs, carefully suspended, whitin the visionary borderland that exists between waking life and a deep restful slumber. At the end of a day our brain cycles down from the higher frequency Gamma and Beta brainwaves associated with focus, cognition and learning, arriving at the slower, deeper frequencies of Alpha, Theta and Delta. These frequencies are associated with relaxation, contemplation, creativity, emotional connection and serve as a gateway to that great hinterland of sleep. There are three points upon entering(Hypnagogia), during ( R.E.M/Dreaming) and leaving (Hypnopompia) sleep, when the unconscious and concious mind become luminous to one another. In these borderland states people may often hear beautiful unfamiliar music, experience hallucinations and some may even pluck out some form of divine and elusive inspiration. Like stealing fire from the gods suddenly they awake holding the solution to an otherwise intractable problem.
The great inventor Thomas Edison actively cultivated and explored the Hypnogogic state to germinate new ideas. The chemist Dmitri Mendeleev struggled for many years to grasp how the chemical elements combined and interacted and then on February 17th 1869, he fell asleep frustrated and exhausted in his quest. What came to him in sleeping was a profound understanding of how electrons and valences work together in an elegant dance, the foundations were laid for the Periodic Table and the Modern Chemistry was born. Many others sleep with their notebooks and instruments close to hand, waiting for that moment of inspiration to strike.