CM: Murshida Arzu Alpana's art springs directly from her subconscious. Responding to the case of Lafcadio Hearn, the artist chose to concentrate on his vision , as if it were a dream. Arzu Alpana placed the word "DREAM" on the picture's top left as an emphasis. The title Dream is Dream Only! refers to the fact that reality may become dreamy only as a result of vision. Lafcadio was a great visionary and his life was dreamy like his stories. Arzu Alpana insists "a dream is always dream", and - as such - does not have any fixed shape that can be touched. In Lafcadio's case the dream identifies with his insatiable desire to live within exotic places and to write about them throughout his life.
Arzu Alpana created a rough profile of Lafcadio in a way as to accentuate his one eye that looks forward to giving up his original identity and acquiring an altogether new existence in keeping with the traditional Japanese lifestyle. Lafcadio's sight is uninterrupted, despite the façade of the ancient Greek temple points in front of him to his side, as proud symbol of his lineage in Greece, which is the foundation of the West. The multilayered composition evokes the overlapping juxtaposition of Lafcadio's various facets of life. The piece of imprimée drapery that hovers before him evokes the soft and sweet feeling of being Japanese. The artist faintly inscribed at picture's lower part the word "REALITY" in her native Bengali language to refer to the difficulties Lafcadio had to overcome in order for his work to be accepted in Japanese culture. The palette's prevailing colors are yellow that is used to evoke the warm feel of home, and blue that serves as the contrasting feel of being a foreigner. The word "Verwandlung", meaning transformation in German, is itself going through a change of color suggestive of Lafcadio's transition from a Greek / European sensibility to a Japanese / Asian one.