Art and the Individuation Process: Art as Alchemy

This paper, which includes color pictures of some thirty-one [31] of my paintings, grew out of an exhibition of some of my art, held in Victoria BC in July and August, 2009. Following Jung, my art is a kind of active imagination, a meditative process meant for the sake of gaining consciousness for the sake of the Self, one’s totality. This is art as alchemy. Since my art is symbolic, the meaning of the images is not evident, particularly to viewers not used to the significance of symbolism.

I therefore decided to amplify the archetypal nature of each painting in order to suggest their symbolic meaning, without pretending that I am capable of delving into their full significance with discerning clarity. In fact appreciation of the meaning of each painting for the individual artist comes through self-reflection on the painting as well as associated inner [dream, vision] and outer synchronistic experiences.