Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Artist Statement (part 1)

In an effort to understand myself better i will venture into writing another artist statement. I will write excerpts from books which have informed my view of what I make, do or view reality.

in this first post i will quote Jung.

then in my other post i will keep adding to the artist statement.
then at the end i should arrive at some kind of conclusion about my art work.... lets hope this works.

     "no mortal mind can plum the depths of nature"- no even the depths of the unconscious. We do know, however that the unconscious never rest. It seems to be always at work, for even when  asleep we dream. There are many people who declare that they never dream, but the probability is that they simply do not remember their dreams. It is significant that people who talk in their sleep mostly have no recollection either of the dream which started them talking, or even the fact that they dreamed at all. No a day passes but we make a slip of the tongue, or something slips our memory which at other times we know perfectly well, or we seized by a mood whose cause we cannot trace, etc. These things are all symptoms some consistent unconscious activity which becomes directly visible at night in dreams, but only occasionally breaks through the inhibitions imposed by our daytime consciousness.
     so far as our present experience goes, we can lay it down that the unconscious process stands in compensatory relation to to the conscious mind. I expressly use the word "compensatory" and not the word "contrary" because conscious and unconscious are not necessarily in opposition to one another, but complement one another to form totality, which is the self. According to this definition the self is a quantity that is supraordinate to the conscious ego. It embraces not only the conscious but also the the unconscious psyche, and therefore, so to speak, a personality which we also are. It is easy enough to think        of ourselves as possessing part souls. Thus we can, for instance, see ourselves as a persona without to much difficulty. But it transcends our powers of imagination to form a clear picture of what we are as a self, for this operation the part would have to comprehend the whole. There is little hope of our ever being able to reach even approximate consciousness of self, since however much we may make conscious there will always exist an indeterminate and indeterminable amount of unconscious material which belongs to totality of the self. Hence the self will always remain a supraordinate quantity.
     The unconscious processes that compensate the conscious ego contain  all those elements that are necessary for the self regulation of the psyche as a whole. On the personal level, these are not consciously recognized  personal motives which appear in dreams, or the meaning of daily situations which we have overlooked, or conclusions we have failed to draw, or affects that we have not permitted, or criticisms that we have spared ourselves. But the more we become conscious of ourselves through self knowledge, and act accordingly, the more layer of personal unconscious that is superimposed on the collective unconscious will be diminished. In this way there arises a consciousness which is no longer imprisoned in the petty, oversensitive, personal world of the ego, but participates freely in the wider world of objective interest. This widened consciousness is no longer that touchy, egotistical bundle of personal wishes, fears, hopes, and ambitions which always have to be compensated or corrected by unconscious counter tendencies; instead, it is a function of relationship with the world of objects, bringing the individual into absolute, binding, and indissoluble communion with the world at large. The conflicts arising at this stage is no longer egotistic wish conflict , but difficulties that concerns others as much as oneself. At this stage it is fundamentally a question of collective problems, which have activated the collective unconscious because they require collective rather than personal compensation. We can now see that the unconscious produces content which are valid not only for the person concerned , but for others as well., in fact for a great many people and possibly for all.

Carl Gustav Jung

I used to use this as part of my artist statement...and i now know that the abstract expressionist also studied Jung. But in order to figure it all out i need to dive deeper into the abstract expressionist movement... in order to be able to explain my work....
my artwork fits with the abstract expressionist...