"As a young girl, most of my dreams evolved from the basic need of being loved, and being frustrated in fulfilling that need. I would often dream of myself in a large banqueting hall faced with mountains of food but unable to reach it. I also dreamed of pursuing beautiful objects which seemed to elude my grasp. These chases were long and exhausting. The most frequently pursued objects were beautifully coloured giant butterflies."
To me, these pictures show a growth, beginning with the more adolescent dreams and then a change as the dreams become more complex and mature, expressing the fears and wishes of a woman."
Unlike most people, who dream in black and white, Jane Fonda dreams in colour. One of her most frightening dreams (which began to occur when she reached her twenties) showed that she had now identified herself with the ugliness of life, from which she was formerly dissociated, and was terrified that this would be exposed to the "normal" people round her. She finds herself at a formal dance. Everyone is dressed impeccably, but she is naked and dishevelled. She is surrounded by correct young men, all asking her to dance. She clutches at a small pillow and tries to cover her nakedness, too terrified to speak. If she accepts the invitation to dance, she will be exposed for what she is ... Jane would awake from this dream in a cold sweat and find herself frantically clutching at the pillow on her bed.
The Dreamer Jane Fonda
Photography: Frank Bez
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