(4) To Represent Virtual Realities, Dreams
Artists also represent that which is impossible and/or improbable. Objects within paintings may look as they do in reality, but their situation, scale, or texture may be beyond the norm. The artist may lead viewers into new dimensions or realities.

 

Salvador Daliís The Persistence of Memory, 1931, displays a variety of objects which are quite commonplace: watches, withered branch, deserted landscape with a cliff and water beyond.

But, ants and flies cover the melting watches, and the deserted landscape seems too barren. And what of that object on the ground with a limp watch over its back? Dali represented the world of the imagination, his inner creativity, unbounded by the laws of gravity, nature, or logic. Daliís painting serves as an entry to a dimension of place and time far beyond the earth we know.