Anima-Animus

Archetypes are definite motifs that turn up everywhere in the myths and fairy tales of world literature; they impress, influence and fascinate us. C.G. Jung also describes the archetype as “unconscious, pre-existent form that seems to be part of the inherited structure of the psyche” (Jung, C.G pg. 412).

In this exhibition Anima-Animus, the artists, Bernice Stott and swany reimagine the Jungian feminine and masculine archetypes. There is always a need to raise a submerged archetype to understand the collective unconscious; human history has shared in myth making down through the ages. For Jung the ‘anima’ was the personification of the feminine nature of a man’s unconscious and the ‘animus’ the personification of the masculine nature of a woman.

Inspired by the art of Dorothy Iannone they explore gender and soul and give form to archaic ideas derived from collective “fantasies, dreams, deliria and delusions” (Jung, C.G pg. 412).