Tracy Thanh Tran, the Dream State (Series), 2014. Illustration. 17’ in. x 22” in.
Trauma has an ongoing effect over time. It can effect how we function in our daily lives or left suppressed in our mind or dreams. Dreams allow repressed thoughts to be expressed, allowing problems to be examined and dealt with mentally through our sleep. In this series, I intend to portray some of my anxieties by rendering them through illustrations of my own reoccurring nightmares caused by childhood trauma that has been repressed.
Overall, my art is mainly focused on life experiences. I want them to be relatable, yet helpful. I guess that’s my whole purpose for some of my more personal works. I’m more connected to these more intimate series that allow you to get to know me as not just an artist, but also as an individual. Like my Lessons Learned series, I hope you can connect with these too. Setting aside my holiday inspired designs for a moment, I hope that my personal ones can find its way to someone who is in a similar position and help them understand that…You’re not alone. Don’t let go.