| In 10th grade, my Art Teacher turned me on to Salvador Dali.
From the first moment I saw his paintings I was mesmerized. Dali
transformed the definition of Surrealism, which combined pure psychic automatism
expressing the unconscious process of thought, dream and associated realities to include
what he called "critical paranoia," a theory that embraced delusion while
remaining aware that reason has been deliberately suspended. With his realistic
detail, Dali's paintings describe a hallucinatory reality which is often contradicted by
the vision and hallucinatory character his imagery describes.