"The King, Poto and Deauville" by Violetta Mahon by Grupat published on 2012/11/22 17:13:49 +0000 Heavily-influenced by the Surrealists, outsider artist Violetta Mahon’s dreams have always been central to her practice. She has kept dream diaries meticulously since 1988; though she originally wrote in the English alphabet, since 2000 she has recorded her dreams using a combination of the Deseret alphabet developed by the Mormons, and Sol Re Sol, a musical language devised by François Sudre. Mahon’s dreams consistently feature sound in a wide variety of forms, such as in the following extract: “There is an African priest, about 5’10”, a little on the skinny side. He’s wearing a red and white 1980s style computer knit jumper with a picture of Marilyn Monroe on it. Marilyn is red and white, knitted in slightly large and awkward pixels. The arms of the jumper are a bit baggy. The red is a little close to wine. He’s wearing a priest’s shirt and collar under the jumper (which is slightly v-necked); the shirt is red, a slightly more tomato red than the red of the jumper, and the collar is white. He’s holding a padded toilet lid out in front of him. There’s a picture of Marilyn on the toilet seat, surrounded by pastel chintzy flowers; this is overlaid with a gold-coloured plastic lyre which he plays.” Mahon’s dream diary practice also extends to extracting particularly notable musical imagery from her dream diaries and rendering this imagery in watercolour collages. Mahon calls these watercolours “clamours”; they function as graphic scores which musicians can use in performance. Realisation by Jennifer Walshe.