The Penny Dream

Thoughts from the deep dark



The Uncanny

That which is uncanny, I often find, is most unnerving. It's not demonstrative enough to be out-right terrifying and yet there's an implication that something seems very wrong. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that something seems... Continue Reading →


The Exquisite Corpse

There were plenty of specific techniques that the original surrealist artists used to create much of their work, and there have been countless developments of said techniques since. While the use of specific constructs may seem ironic in a surrealist... Continue Reading →

Unhinging ‘Little Nightmares’

I've talked a bit recently about dreams, nightmares and the founding of meaning behind symbols, as well as how that kind of symbolic narrativeĀ is used in certain examples of surrealism. The other week I came across another great example of... Continue Reading →


The obsession we have with dreams can date to as far as human memory. The unconscious manifestations of our minds seem to be a topic of the utmost fascination, especially when it comes to art. Countless artists devote themselves to... Continue Reading →

And the’penny dream’ is?

Surrealism is destructive.

Starting a fire

All the things i write here are about surrealism and the many forms it takes. So my first thought when thinking about what article to write next was 'I know - i'll write a brief history of the movement and some of it's most famous contributors'. That's all well and good. But of course the history of the genre is not brief, and it's certainly not straightforward.

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