Holly Hu’s MFA project continued the MA project researching dreams, a process in which she wanted to seek some breakthroughs, so in the pre-show, I started looking for an audience she could work with. After chatting with the audience Hu gradually finalised the direction of the project. Based on the viewer’s account of her dreams, Hu narrowed down the theme of dreams to a study of repeated dreams. Hu collected one of her recurring dreams and designed jewellery based on it, and then selected a recurring dream from her own dream stories to create narrative jewellery as well.
Hu believes a recurrent dream is a specific form of a dream that comes into being due to a specific kind of emotion, which serves as the very basis of the dream itself. A similar experience or emotional state of the person in his/her real-life can trigger the recurrence of such a dream. However, due to the different life experiences at different periods, new objects, events, and emotions would be added into the framework of the recurrent dream. This is why in every recurrent dream it is common for there to be iconic scenes and plots, along with some changes in the content elements.