Painting Jung

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The human psyche with its diversity of expression through a vast collection of cultures, values, and behaviors, makes the task of understanding it formidable. The Eight Panel Piece and the art on this website reflect the general ideas associated with Erich Neumann's Mythological Stages of the Evolution of Consciousness and C. G. Jung's analytical psychology. 

"That is the secret of great art, and of its effect upon us. The creative process, so far as we are able to follow it at all, consists in the unconscious activation of an archetypal image, and in elaborating and shaping this image into the finished work. By giving it shape, the artist translates it into the language of the present, and so makes it possible for us to find our way back to the deepest springs of life. Therein lies the social significance of art: it is constantly at work educating the spirit of the age, conjuring up the forms in which the age is most lacking. The unsatisfied yearning of the artist reaches back to the primordial image in the unconscious which is best fitted to compensate the inadequacy and onesidedness of the present. The artist seizes on this image, and in raising it from deepest unconsciousness he brings it into relation with conscious values, thereby transforming it until it can be accepted by the minds of his contemporaries according to their powers."(23)

                                                                                                                                           ~C. G.Jung