Nightmares Water-Activated Palette - The Beauty Vault
Nightmares Water-Activated Palette - The Beauty Vault
Nightmares Water-Activated Palette - The Beauty Vault
Nightmares Water-Activated Palette - The Beauty Vault

Nightmares Water-Activated Palette

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This palette is a companion to our CTHULHU Water Activated Paint Palette. In both palettes the colors can be used wet like body paint, (or with an angled brush like cake liner,) or dry, like eyeshadows. They are very pigmented and a little goes a long way.

Rather than conjure up imagery of the Great Unknown like our CTHULHU Palette, this palette is inspired by the terrifying phenomenon known as Sleep Paralysis.

"Sleep paralysis is a feeling of being conscious but unable to move. It occurs when a person passes between stages of wakefulness and sleep. During these transitions, you may be unable to move or speak for a few seconds up to a few minutes. Some people may also feel pressure or a sense of choking. Sleep researchers conclude that, in most cases, sleep paralysis is simply a sign that your body is not moving smoothly through the stages of sleep. Rarely is sleep paralysis linked to deep underlying psychiatric problems. Over the centuries, symptoms of sleep paralysis have been described in many ways and often attributed to an "evil" presence: unseen night demons in ancient times, the old hag in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and alien abductors. Almost every culture throughout history has had stories of shadowy evil creatures that terrify helpless humans at night. People have long sought explanations for this mysterious sleep-time paralysis and the accompanying feelings of terror." <--From WebMD

The phenomenon of sleep paralysis can be recognised in reports across different cultures and throughout history. Perhaps the most famous historic example of sleep paralysis in art is Henry Fuseli’s 1781 painting “The Nightmare”. This painting features many of the classic symptoms of sleep paralysis. The central figure is portrayed lying on her back with a demon sitting on her chest, and strange looking creatures in the background. Many consider it Fuseli’s greatest work and it is believed to be one of the first artistic impressions of sleep paralysis (French & Santomauro, 2007). 

The Nightmare is a 1781 oil painting by Anglo-Swiss artist Henry Fuseli. It shows a woman in deep sleep with her arms thrown below her, and with a demonic and apelike incubus crouched on her chest.The painting's dreamlike and haunting erotic evocation of infatuation and obsession was a huge popular success. After its first exhibition, at the 1782 Royal Academy of London, critics and patrons reacted with horrified fascination and the work became widely popular, to the extent that it was parodied in political satire and an engraved version was widely distributed. In response, Fuseli produced at least three other versions.