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Exploring the Visual Language of the Unconscious
February 17, 2012 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm PST
The realm of psyche is immeasurably great and filled with living reality. -C.G. Jung
In her lecture, Jane Zich will explore the “living reality” of the psyche as evidenced in the visual language of the unconscious that emerges in depth psychotherapy, dreams,
films, and extended active imagination processes. She will use paintings from her Vision Journey series — an image-mediated dialogue with the unconscious that has spanned seven years — to illustrate how recurrent cycles and shifts in imagery suggest a purposefulness in the visual language of the unconscious that can promote and support an “I-Thou” attitude of partnership between ego consciousness and the unconscious. Specific psychological tasks that seem required for specific stages or types of imagery will be described, as well as impasses that tend to result when those tasks are avoided or incompletely met. Dr. Zich will illustrate the role of “orienting intentions” in navigating extended dialogues with the unconscious, and will refer to image stages and related tasks for ego consciousness that can be seen in C.G. Jung’s Red Book, in cultural contexts, and in societal impasses. Time for discussion will follow.
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Jane Zich, MFA, PhD, is a depth psychotherapist and visual artist who specializes in dialoguing with imagery from the unconscious. Her articles include: “Patterns of Imagery and Tasks During Dialogues with the Unconscious” (Jung Journal, 2011) and “The Role of ‘Orienting Intentions’ in Dialogues with the Unconscious” (Jung Journal, 2008). Her award-winning Vision Journey paintings have been juried into national art exhibitions, published in a number of psychology journals and literary magazines, and can be viewed at www.zichpaintings.com.