The Archetypal Artist: Reimagining Creativity and the Call to Create

Author(s) : Mary Antonia Wood

The Archetypal Artist: Reimagining Creativity and the Call to Create

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : March 2022
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 168
  • Category :
    Jung and Analytical Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 96307
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367177973
  • ISBN 10 : 0367177978
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In this thoughtful and revelatory book, Wood explores enduring and powerful theories on art, creativity and what Jung called the creative spirit in order to illuminate how artists can truly understand what it means to be a creator.

By bringing together insights on creativity from some of depth psychology's most iconic thinkers, such as Jung, Hillman and Campbell, as well as featuring a selection of creators who have been influenced by these ideas, such as Martha Graham, Mary Oliver, Stanley Kunitz, and Ursula K. Le Guin, this book explores archetypal thought and the role of the artist in society. This unique approach emphasizes the foundational need to understand and work with the unconscious forces that underpin a creative calling, giving greater meaning to our understanding of creativity.

Acting as a touchstone for inquiries into the nature of creativity, and of the soul, this enlightening book is perfect for artists and creators of all types, as well as Jungian analysts and therapists, and academics interested in the arts and depth psychology.

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The Archetypal Artist is a long-awaited offering to the fields of creativity and depth psychology. Scholars, students, artists, ecologists, and activists will find revelation here – it’s an accessible yet intricately woven map of Jungian and archetypal concepts and their relationship to artistic expression. Dr. Mary Wood at once honors the great mystery within the soul of every artist, while leaving no stone unturned in the pursuit of deeper understanding. - Kim Krans, artist and NY Times bestselling author of The Wild Unknown Tarot

Mary Wood's fine book, carefully researched and presented, draws on her talents as artist, depth psychologist, and scholar. With a keen historical sense and marshalling a wide range of sources, it leads us to recover and reconceptualize the high purpose and calling of the artist as a conduit for the creative depths of the psyche and the expression of soul. - Dr. Keiron Le Grice, professor of depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, California.

In an exciting and provocative transformation of Jungian and Archetypal Studies, The Archetypal Artist shifts the center of gravity of depth psychology to the artist, rather than the therapist. For surely those conducting images into being through art-making are individuating for the world as well as themselves? By bringing Jung, post-Jungians, Hillman, soul-making and myth into depth psychology’s re-connection of shaman to artist, Wood restores art to its ancestral homes in medicine, religion, divination and magic. Modernity split the psyche, so reducing art into soul-less artifacts. The Archetypal Artist restores the art of life. It shows artworks as a living medium for the soul. This book is soul-juice for anyone who wants to find authenticity in the urge to create. It is essential reading for all who seek for the art of living, as well as for those driven to fashion life into the in-spirited matter of art. - Susan Rowland, Ph.D., Depth Psychology, Creativity, and Humanities Professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

About the Author(s)

Mary Antonia Wood, PhD, is Chair and Professor for the Depth Psychology and Creativity program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, USA. She is a visual artist who works in a variety of media and is founder of Talisman Creative Mentoring.

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