Nightmare - An Illustration Series

When we were little, everything looked giant and scary at the same time. Come to think of it, we used to get scared so easily, even of the dark side of the kitchen, imagining a monster hidden in shadow.

This pure fear appears in a form of a dream, called ‘nightmare’. I tried to capture that moment with a series of illustrations. It is composed of 3 different nightmares of my childhood, and of the others too.

#1 Atopy

 When I was young (about 5-7 years old), I suffered from terrible atopy. Even though I recovered from it a long time ago, I can still remember the pain vividly. This is a dream about the atopy that I had when the pain was most severe.

"I am standing in the apartment where I lived during my childhood, holding a cuddly rabbit. I feel itchy. So, I scratch all over my body, but nothing gets better. Sharp splinters sprout from my small body as if they represent my huge pain."

#2 Virgin Ghost

In Korean folk tales, we can find the ‘virgin ghost’, the spirit of an unmarried woman. It often appears with long straight hair and a white hanbok. I remember that I couldn’t sleep because I was afraid of the virgin ghost coming from the dark side of my room.

I try to sleep with an effort to close my eyes. But, I can feel the eyes of something looking at me. The fear gets bigger and bigger. I open my eyes slightly. A virgin ghost is in the room in a grotesque posture. As my fear grows, it gets bigger too.

#3 Owl

It is a story that I heard from one of my friends. He was 6 years old at that time. He fell asleep and had a dream about an owl.

I am tied to the tree, maybe in an owl’s nest. It’s dark everywhere. There’s no place to escape. The owl pecks at me little by little, but it never stops. Since the dream was so frightening, I can’t look straight at owls now.

Lynn L.

April 19, 2022

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