ARTIST: Brent Funderburk
Location: 3rd Floor - North Atrium Wall
“Hypnopompic” is a term for the state between dreaming and waking when things are often astir between the dreamy and the true. This slippery, playful place is likened to the act of painting. Artist and professor, Brent Funderburk, looks ahead into the clarity of day but expecting the magic that colors dreams. In the painting are map pieces from places he has never been, except possibly in dreams. To Funderburk, art is an awakening in Another Place called Here.
“Nightwatch” was named after Thomas Merton, the Trappist Monk and Christian writer, who often served as the night-watchman at a Monastery. His night silence was often interrupted by intervention - from nature, dreams, happenstance: God. After a strange sleepless night, Merton wrote, “I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all those people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers. The whole illusions of a separate existence is a dream.”
Funderburk hopes that in those dark nights of the soul, even as we doubt everything, that we can know that a higher power is planting in us this new dream - to be interrupted by a wakeful surprise - sometimes dark, unfamiliar and unexpected - of a greater love that we have ever known.
All pieces listed in the gallery are available for sponsorship unless otherwise noted and are 100% tax deductible. These sponsorships serve to provide peace and healing for our patients and can be purchased in honor or memory of a loved one. To sponsor one of these beautiful works of art or for more information, please contact Leighanne Soden at 901.683.0055 x 1122, or lhartsoden [at] westclinic [dot] com.