|What are MINDWORKS?|
|Carl Jung was a pioneer in the exploration of the unconscious mind. Dreams, fantasies, myths and free associations were some of his tools of exploration. Calming his mind and allowing thoughts and fantasies to rise up to consciousness were part of the process. MINDWORKS are drawing meditations, images rising from the unconscious mind.|
|Others have explored similar processes: Max Ernest with collage and frottage; Odilon Redon who could not abide a blank white surface, made smudges and saw a butterfly wing; Dubuffet who often began a canvas not knowing whether it would be a cow, a table or a person; Leonardo da Vinci who urged us to look at clouds and stains on the walls and read into them faces, animals and battle-scenes.|
|MINDWORKS are a process of discovery, art put to the service of self-realization for the artist as well as the viewer.|
|Rorschach Art (H. Rorschach p 1884-1922)
MINDWORKS art begin as a form of doodling; a quiet mind of meditation, an alpha state, allows images to rise from the unconscious. It's rather like James Joyce's stream of consciousness, everything is noted, nothing is judged. The essense is to allow images to come forth from the unconscious mind. I call this "drawing meditation."
These initial marks are then scanned into the computer and modified in the Photoshop program. Motifs are moved, composition altered, sections eliminated, marks from other drawings are added, color is explored and the final artwork is prepared for internet exposure and/or for printing. [See "The Process" on the home page.]
As Leonard daVinci suggested... in these marks (a wall spotted with stains) the artist can "discover a resemblance to various landscapes, beautified with mountains, rivers, rocks, trees. Or again, you may see battles and figures in action or strange faces and costumes and an endless variety of objects which you can could reduce to complete and
During the process and after the work is complete as well, I gaze into it, much like one does with a Rorschach image, and discover new ideas, new meaning; the Rorschach images continue to trigger other thoughts in the mind. These thoughts in turn reveal information to the viewer and aid in self-integration.
Inspired by Carl Jung, (the psychology of the mind), Anton Erhnesweig (the education of vision), Leonardo da Vinci (on creativity), Henry Reed (on channeling the higher self), and by artists such as Hieronymous Bosch, William Blake, Odilon Redon, Giorgio Morandi to name few, I continue to explore the unconscious mind and to draw forth MINDWORKS (Rorschach) imagery. This process is available to everyone for visual creativity.
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