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Panther’s Prints: Tracking the Transcendent Function Through Imagery
February 17, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Something works behind the veil of fantastic images, whether we give this something a good name or a bad. It is something real, and for this reason its manifestations must be taken seriously. -C.G. Jung
In her lecture, Jane Zich will explore impressions of the transcendent function based on her Vision Journey painting series. This image-mediated dialogue with the unconscious, which has spanned twelve years, was initiated by the arrival of a numinous blue Panther. Panther’s presence not only opened the possibility of an “I-Thou” relationship with imagery, but also became a symbol of the transcendent function. Paintings from the Vision Journey series, and experiences during that painting process, will be examined as Panther’s metaphorical footprints. We will explore these “tracks” to see what they seem to reveal to us about the transcendent function, about its course and patterns of movement, and about the circumstances or psychological terrains in which the transcendent function is apt to become most apparent to us. Applications to clinical contexts will be discussed.
Image: Panther © 2013 by Jane Zich
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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.Purchase Workshops
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