Hypnopompic hallucinations are those that appear in an intermediate state between sleep and wakefulness. They allude to visual perceptions that occur in humans when they are awakening and its link to objective reality is not entirely clear, being difficult to distinguish of normal vivid experiences.
This series of collages born as an aesthetic experiment that evokes the well known effect of “sleep paralysis” a state in which anything seems possible and that is sometimes so real that the memory remains latent in the retina and in the subconscious as a reality.
Under the inspirational influence of surrealism and classical Raphaelite painting, Hypnopompic reflects on the delicacy of the female figure in synergy with nature, as an ode to the ephemeral beauty and fragility of human beings. The portraits have been made by the artist Rocio Montoya and intervened with the technique of handmade collage, using symbolic elements extracted from old botanical illustrations and various print magazines.
Art direction, photo and paper collages: Rocio Montoya
Photo assistant: Alejandro Bazal
Muse: Clara del Val