Vincent van Gogh (1889) “The Starry Night”
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Her words still resonate today, and I’m reminded that having hopes and dreams is more important than ever, especially for future generations.
Children are the world’s greatest dreamers. If all of us remembered what it was like to be a child, we would have a far more peaceful planet. I recently took some time to speak with my younger sister and think back on our childhood dreams. I recall wanting to live in a lighthouse on the beach, while my sister fancied a castle-like house with purple turrets. At first we laughed at the absurdity of these visions. Later, we realized our childhood dreams had found ways into our adult lives. I now live blocks from the ocean in Venice, California, while my sister spent the last year studying in Oxford, England. Perhaps our childhood fantasies were not so far-fetched after all.
Artists, like children, are masters of channeling the magic of dreams. As Vincent van Gogh said, “I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” Many of the works featured in NiQOO’s gallery have dream-like sensibilities. I asked my sister about her favorites. She was drawn to the surreal chaos of Ricardo Reis’, “A Day in London,” and the geometric brilliance of Sofie Boersting’s, “Big Bird Tail.” I was attracted to the eerie serenity of Ali Erturk’s, “Golden Gate Flow” and “Li River, China,” as well as the futuristic innocence of Jerome De Lint’s, “Danish Girl.”
Though we are confronted with many harsh truths, dreams play an important role in shaping our reality. Let’s remember that dreams are not just for children and artists – but for people of all ages and backgrounds.
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