Nina Johansson starts her essay by making some examples of dreams to show the diversity of the ”dream world”. She speaks of how all humans dream, that it ties us together. She wants to translate the “feeling of dreams” into wearable objects, and to be able to do that, she must try and describe what that feeling consists of. She describes the specifics of what she is looking for by naming different kinds of dreams and homing in on what she calls “dream logic” as the subject that interests her the most. She continues to talk about the relation dream/body, and comes to the conclusion that it is vital in her work. She is looking for some kind of “dream aesthetics”, and researches the field by making a selection of artwork that she feels embodies that. The selection is made mainly through discussion with peers.
Field: Nina Johansson explores the field by discussing different works of art in the fields sculpture, visual art, literature, film and jewellery art. She makes comments on how these works connect to her case and concludes that the art she feels connects best to dreams is art that leaves the viewer room for interpretation.
Material: Nina Johansson means that her choice of material and execution is vital for the outcome of her work. She speaks of how different materials carry specific, collective meanings that she can use when trying to interpret the dream feeling in her own art. She is especially occupied with the way these materials “feel” and how they connect to the body.
Relevance: Nina Johansson talks about the unique position a jewellery artist has when it comes to expressing emotions connected to the body (such as these dream feelings). She feels that this position is often overlooked, and she wants her work to be dependent of the body.
Nina Johansson concludes by trying to answer the question of dream aesthetics. She means that while there are specific dream modes that many of us can recognize, these have more to do with the narrative of dreams than the aesthetics. She then finishes the essay by speculating that the narrative might actually be the aesthetics when it comes to dreams.