Metamorpheus

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Date : 2021

“People think dreams aren’t real just because they aren’t made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes.”   -“The Sandman” by Neil Gaiman

We start this text by quoting Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comic because we have it as a huge reference.  It is almost impossible to read it without being inspired by Gaiman’s enormous imagination. 

The comics follow a character described as a personification of Dream and responsible to the balance the Dream-world – these stories were a great propeller for many works such as this particular one. 

Our design’s central figure is Morpheus, a greek god of the dreaming. His name appears as a variation of “μορφή” – shape – knowing that, we wanted to merge it with the word Metamorphosis. In our vision, he can take any imaginable form as he travels from dream to dream; we see him as a shape-shifter, adapting to different worlds. 

Just like a bound Prometheus, the god Morpheus is chained out of his world- like in the Sandman’s stories – where he was made prisoner in Earth by a group of occultists (who actually wanted to imprison Death and got him). 

Symbolically, being chained in a dream, means that we may feel trapped to something or to a situation in the physical sphere. To feel kept against our will could also symbolise that we feel regret/ guilt and we may not control our own lives. 

Notice that the central character is not suffering or trying to break free, his face looks serene and unworried as he sleeps. That happens because he really doesn’t know he’s chained, just like many of us. 

In our lives we face different kinds of chains: physical, spiritual, moral or even familiar. By identifying them is halfway to set ourselves free.

The dream world must be our safest place where we are everything we want to be, away from the unexcited daily life. Don’t let the outside world invade and contaminated it.

“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.”  -Vincent Van Gogh
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“In the Arms of Morpheus” - W. Reynolds-Stephens, 1894.
“Prometheus chained by Vulcan”. Dirck van Baburen, 1623.
“Morpheus” - Jean-Bernard Restout, ca 1771.
“Morpheus Sleeping” Ivan Prokofiev, 1782
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