Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
© 2021 Julie M Loffer
The day I learned that dreams can be real had a profound effect on my life. As I began
to form my art practice, I naturally began to contemplate how we determine what is science
fiction and what is real. People seem to divide themselves by who they are or what they
believe. There are times when science fiction has become real. For example, the idea that
giants or Bigfoot could be real sounds silly to most people. Even though artifacts of unusually
large remains are a part of the fossil record, such creatures are considered science fiction.
Science asks us to consider epigenetics and biology as an explanation. Epigenetics
study the changes in a human after the physical structure of DNA. These changes can be
inherited. The idea is that science is proving that DNA can pass on the memories, trauma,
abilities, fears, and joy of our ancestors. These studies could hold the key to how my
grandfather was in my dream and how my dad knew this by looking at me so he could wake
me up. Where this dreamwalking ability came from and how I am an artist could all be inherited
traits. I am a storyteller and a teacher like those before me. I am an artist. My work reveals my
path backwards and forwards. My intention is to use my gifts to do my part to help humanity
and to help motivate awakenings.
loffer, julie, "Dreamwalk" (2021). CGU MFA Theses. 161.