Beyond Our Ideal Wonderland - Curioser and Curioser! : MFA Thesis - Printmaking
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AuthorKweon, Se Ra
KeywordResearch Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION::Aesthetic subjects::Art
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AbstractCurrently unsatisfying reality makes us want to imagine living in our daydreams. Daydreams may even be more than just wishful explorations; they may be pricelessly useful. They are our rehearsals for future actions (Singer 119). They suggest new and alternative ways of dealing with reality, thereby offering us a chance to decide on a more effective approach to life.
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