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August 1, 2013

Dream of toys inspires works

IlaSahai Prouty has become a “dream instigator,” and her efforts in this sphere will be unveiled in a new show called “Dream Repeater: Toys Falling,” opening at Flatrocks Gallery.

This is a group show, in which artist Prouty took on the role of curator, inviting others to work with her on this idea of the power of dreams and their amplification when repeated in various media. A free opening reception is Saturday, Aug. 3, from 7 to 9 p.m.

In her on-going project Dream Repeater, Prouty creates artworks based on bits of collected dream narratives. She has taken the oral tradition of sharing stories, and retells them through an artistic context. The evolution of the duplication of a dream becomes a narrative of its own.

“I collect dreams anonymously, and people donate dreams to me. I find people like to tell me their dreams in person because they can relive it,” she said. “I pick a dream to work with in an ongoing way. I started to do this project because I became interested in collaborating with other people and thinking about dreams as small stories.”

Prouty, who grew up in Lanesville, was former chair of the art department at Waring School in Beverly. She earned a master’s of fine arts from the California College of Art in San Francisco, and is resident artist at the Penland School of Crafts in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. She also works as an assistant professor at nearby Appalachian State University.

Last summer, Prouty’s Dream Repeater work, “Goldilocks, Save the World,” was installed at Cape Ann Museum’s White Ellery House. This summer, she returns to her hometown to present this collection of works based on a dream called “Toys Falling.”

“The dream was donated anonymously by someone on Cape Ann, so I guess it’s possible that the original dreamer might come to the show,” she said.

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