The subject of sleep is one that comes up time and time again, and it begs the question as to what it is about sleep that inspires the artist? Though sleep is a basic human function, it is unique to every individual experience. Fitzgerald wrote, "It appears that every man's insomnia is as different from his neighbors as their daytime hopes and aspirations". Sleep is an activity that every person does; it is an aspect of human nature that cannot be shared, when one falls asleep, one falls alone, wherein lies the appeal for the artist. The inactive action of sleep, of being conscious but not cognizant, of lying in reality but dreaming in fantasy, evokes a multitude of emotions and a series of possible connotations to the artist. Common themes and considerations in the realm and depiction of sleep through art include dream imagery, religion, sleep and innocence, sleep and the erotic, and the abandonment of consciousness. "Hypnos Awake" explores the methods and devices in which artists use, such as stories and mythology, to articulate their understanding of sleep, as well as the various themes and idea’s they’ve had about this mysterious human experience.