The Wayward Artist... how to practice
Finding Spirit through Matter Workshops
a Jungian approach to Making
In April, 2009, I began a series of workshops at Stone Ridge Healing Arts in Stone Ridge, NY which explored object-making as a practice for understanding more about our internal, emotional, unconscious landscapes. By quickly making simple 2-D and 3-D objects, we were able to "catch and express" or "catch and release" moments of interior reality. We uttered or outered them and moved right along. It was a kind of psychic flypaper.
These workshops had been developing for several years. mostly disguised as errant rustic workshops. At Stone Ridge, they presented themselves as a variation on Carl Jung's work with Active Imagination... a method of dialoguing with our other s'elves. A few comments from these workshops:
"I still feel the excitement of that day. It was a breath of fresh air-- counteracting all the art school lessons and rules I'd learned. I have this wild side that will not quit." EB
The next ones are at the Woodlanders Gathering in Warwick in August, then back at Stone Ridge Healing Arts in September.