THE ART HABIT; Dialoging With Images
Dialoging with an image is often a concept that can feel strange or silly when first attempted.
You may feel as though you are ‘making it up’. Not to worry, just go with it.
Repeating the exercise in small doses breeds familiarity and eventually, you gain an understanding of how it is helpful. Have fun with it!
Dialoging with our images gives an objective view of how images that we have a body sensation towards also activate knowledge held inside of us. Our images open alternative doorways towards the wisdom and clarity gleaned from our own imaginal realm.
Example: Dialog between the “Man on the Right and the words “Mother of Invention”
Man on Right: What? You call yourself “Mother of Invention”?
Mother of Invention: Yes, I have given birth to 6 children and had no course on how to raise them. I am the mother of invention.
Man on Right: You are not a man. You don’t have any education. Women don’t INVENT.
Mother of Invention: And when has a man ever given birth? That always falls to the woman. I’ll have you know that I have invented how to feed my children, how to clothe my children, how to cut wood to keep them warm. I am the Mother of Invention because the father is absent.
Man on Right: You are correct, I have not ever been a mother.
Continue the dialog…
Begin the Dialog between Images
Find two images on your collage that you are attracted to. Notice if they are already in relationship in some way: a color, a line or shape, a theme, or just a feeling sense you get as you gaze at them.
1) Give each image a voice with sound
If your images had a sound or music, what would it be? Use your voice, clap your hands, beat a pot, circle a wine glass with a wet finger for a high pitched sound.
2) Give Each Image an expression with movement.
If your image had the ability to do a movement, would it be a fast movement? Slow? High? Low? Begin with your arms and let the movement articulate down your whole body.
3) Dialog Prompt
Moving back and forth between the two images, you will become the scribe for their dialogue. Allow them to “speak” from their own voice.
The sound and movement are clues. You may begin with a conversation between them about the sound and the movement that they each expressed.
Write the dialogue around the images.