The Journey to Self through SoulCollage®

The Ego, Jung tells us, is that part of the pyche that we think of as 'I'. Our conscious intelligence. Our everyday brain that thinks, plans and runs the show of our day-to-day life. The Self, as Jung defined it, is a greater entity, which includes the Ego but also incorporates the Personal and Collective Unconscious. Dreams and intuitions come from the Self. The archetypes of the unconscious dwell there. It is, Jung believed, the sphere of the Soul ~~Steven Pressfield. 'The War of Art'

"I would love to live like a river flows,
 carried by the surprise
 of its own unfolding".

 ~ ~John O'Donohue

Saturday, January 31, 2009

A bit of fun!

I had a bit of fun in Photoshop tonight with my artwork posted below. I deleted the interior of the figures and superimposed the image onto a photo of a really cool artwork in the Gallery of Modern Art here in Brisbane - it's called 'Soul Under the Moon' by Yayoi Kusama. The work was part of the 2002 Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) which is a must-see exhibition for me every time it's on. This artwork is one of the most popular from the 5 triennials staged so far and has been purchased by GOMA for the permanent collection. You can find a picture and information about the artwork here, although as the work consists of a whole room which you actually enter, it's difficult to capture it in one photograph. Just imagine you are standing on a platform in a small room whose walls and ceiling are entirely covered with mirrors and whose floor is covered with water. Scores of neon-coloured pin-pong balls hang from the ceiling at varying heights. "Light is infinitely refracted off the mirrored surfaces to create the illusion of a never-ending space." (GoMA website). It's quite a surreal experience. Although that artwork won't be on display in The China Project: Three Decades: The Contemporary Chinese Collection from March 28 to June 28 as the artist is Japanese, it sounds like a really interesting exhibition. Also, don't miss the next APT, from Dec this year until May 2010.

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