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A new, old way of art-based knowledge.

Jung (1961) learned through art saying that 

"This sort of thing has been consistent with me, and at any time in my later life when I came up against a blank wall, I painted a picture or hewed in stone. Each such experience proved to be a rite de'entree for the ideas and works that followed hard upon it. Everything that I have written this year and last year, . . . has grown out of the stone sculptures I did after my wife's death. . . It cost me a great deal to reagain my footing, and contact with stone helped me" (p. 175).

Like the creative impulse and insight from carving, Jung (1961) claimed that the images of The Red Book provided the material of his lifetime and all of its scientific and theoretical research: "It has taken me virtually forty-five years to distill within the vessel of my scientific work the things I experienced and wrote down at the time. As a young man my goal had been to accomplish something in my science. But then, I hit upon this stream of lava, and the heat of its fires reshaped my life. That was the primal stuff which compelled me to work upon it, and my works are more or less successful endeavor to incorporate this incandescent matter into the contemporary picture of the world." (p. 199

Prehistoric and Preverbal (other than metaphor)
Jung in Art History

Art History


Recording Past

Impressing Images


Oral Indigenous Tradition

Mythic Memory


 “The years when I was pursuing my inner images were the most important in my life--in them everything essential was decided. It all begagn then; the later details are only supplements and clarification of the material that burst forth from the unconscious and at firms swamped me," C. G. Jung


Journey to Soul


Lightening Path


Journey to Nature


"It [the images of TRB] was the prima materia for a lifetime's work." C. G. Jung
Primal Matter

Mater as Mother


Rite D'entree

Invite In

Idea as Seeing

Primordial Wound

Art as Preverbal

No Words

"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside awakes." C JUNG 
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