Responding to Art: Image and Archetype

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Responding to Art: Image and Archetype

A presentation by Anne Di Lauro

Thursday, August 5, 2010 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: St Mary’s Parish House, Cn Merviale and Peel St, South Brisbane
Admission: Members & Concession: $10 • Non-members: $15

James Hillman’s revisioning of psychology lies essentially in his imaginal method, which is a widening and a deepening of Jung’s idea that “The psyche consists essentially of images” (CW8 p. 325)

In his essay An Inquiry into Image (Spring, 1977, p 62-88), Hillman explores what it is that makes an image archetypal. He concludes that any image has this quality if it is approached in the right way, that is, soulfully. He says “There is an invisible connection within any image that is its soul”. The archetypal quality of the image “emerges through a) precise portrayal of the image; b) sticking to the image while hearing it metaphorically; c) discovering the necessity within the image; d) experiencing the unfathomable analogical richness of the image.”

Western artists across the ages have consciously incorporated symbolic imagery into their work, but if Hillman is right, a meditative connection to the image itself, rather than an intellectual interpretation of the symbolic content of the work, will give us a greater connection to the soul inherent in the image.

Anne will first introduce some of the basic ideas of Jung and Hillman concerning image and archetype. She will then introduce a number of paintings and invite the audience to explore with her their responses to them in terms of a connection to archetypal imagery.

Anne Di Lauro is a Jungian-oriented psychotherapist in Brisbane and president of the C.G. Jung Society of Queensland. She has been interested in art and art history for most of her life and has been led by her daimon to live for a time in some of the art centres of the Western world.