Individuation: An Artist's Quest
Prof Doc Thesis
Wu, Linda 2011. Individuation: An Artist's Quest. Prof Doc Thesis University of East London School of Architecture & The Visual Arts
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"I use the term "individuation " to denote the process by which a person becomes a psychological "in-dividual" that is, a separate, indivisible unity or "whole ". It is
The above quote, defining Jung's theory of "individuation" is the principle upon which I based my art practice at the start of the Professional Doctorate programme.
The proposal I prepared at the start of the Doctorate programme highlighted an inconsistency with regard to my creative practice and the artists I admired. My paintings were abstract but I researched artists who used narrative and figuration. I resolved to reconcile this paradox by introducing narrative and figurative elements within my working practice. Initially, this proved to be more difficult in practice than I had thought and the first two years of the Doctorate programme did not see a significant change or progress in my work.
There were several reasons for the delay in following
I eventually managed to change from abstract to a figurative form of painting using narrative and composition. Further progress took place when I distanced myself from concentrating on psychological theory and used my life experiences to inform my work. By allowing a less illustrative way of working to develop, my paintings began
The Doctorate programme enabled me to integrate the many strands of my psyche in an expanded and integrated art practice. The refinement and maturity that I believe I
|Keywords||Individuation; Archetypal phenomena; Jungian psychological theory|
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|Deposited||07 Oct 2013|
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