Fall Marlborough • Special Exhibit


Sweet Dreams

You gotta have a dream. If you don’t have a dream, how you gonna make a dream come true?

– Oscar Hammerstein II

There are so many definitions and interpretations of the word “dream”. We dream while sleeping – often highly visual, sometimes surreal escapades that usually relate in some way to the real world. We also indulge in waking fantasies and daydreams, dreaming the day away. A dream can be an aspiration; we dream of becoming an artist, of starting a family, of a better world. It can be something excellent, beautiful, perfect, or pleasing, like your “dream house”. Perhaps the sweetest definition of dreaming involves creative imagination – to dream up an original idea for a sculpture, a poem, an invention, or even a recipe.

We are such stuff / As dreams are made on, and our little life / Is rounded with a sleep.

– William Shakespeare

We can’t have art without dreamers. From Hieronymus Bosch and William Blake to Leonora Carrington and Salvador Dalí, artists have used their dreams.as a source of visual splendor through which our waking world is seen anew. When we bring sweetness into the equation, we think of something precious, delicious, enjoyable, childlike, or in pictorial terms even candy colored.  

Paradise City’s artists and makers often combine “sweet” and “dreams” in their work. You’ll see fantastical landscapes with lollipop trees, and delightful pottery shaped and glazed not just for function but for the pure joy of making it. You’ll be introduced to sculptural creatures that clearly inhabit some other world, and home furnishings that incorporate sweet colors, cartoony shapes, polka dots or hearts. At Paradise City this November, you can unlock your dreams with a golden key on a chain, soar through them wearing a coat of many colors, and wake curled up on a chaise longue that is certainly the stuff of dreams. It’s all part and parcel of our themed exhibit in the Sculpture Café,Sweet Dreams!”

Sweet dreams are made of this
Who am I to disagree?
I travel the world
And the seven seas
Everybody’s looking for something.

Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, The Eurythmics

Pictured Artists: Michael Alfano • Juliana Boyd • Valerie Bunnell • Lisa & Scott Cylinder • Peter Handler • Amy Keller • Mimi Kirchner • Erin Moran • Kathleen Scranton • Edward Spencer • Lars & Connie Turin • Agnieszka Winograd