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The essence of being human

Transition, Archetypes, collective unconscious

In “The essence of being human", the artist strives to open a reflection and dialogue about what is the essence of being human. This art project is focused on the experience of TRANSITION and TRANSFORMATION and the continuous spiritual and internal development journey of a human being.

To express that she uses the concept of Archetypes (both West and East) and connect their metaphorical language with the artistic one. The archetypes have raised new interest beyond the original mystical or psychoanalytic origins. It is seen as a possible approach to (self-) discovery that tap into an ancient wisdom crossing different cultures (European, Chinese, Arabic) and it is at the intersection of science and spirituality, a way to observe and describe ourselves and the world with universal lens and language, a way that can touch our un-logical collective unconscious through metaphors and that highly resonates with the artistic language. The artist sees it as an approach that can be integrated with the scientific one (more familiar to us) and that can make us reflect on matters of the spirit and "humanness". This art project is a sequence of 5 paintings: the feelings/meaning we experience during a transformation, several stages and emotions, that can be represented with an archetype.

Stage 1 - The Hermit archetype: we retreat into ourselves in a difficult process of letting go our old identity and stay in a silent space , "in between" our past identity and the yet unknown future identity. This space is at the same time sacred (because it is open to infinite possibilities) and cursed (because uncertainty is uncomfortable). It is the liminal space.

Stage 2 - The Fool Archetype: we start tapping in our/whole undirected (yet), chaotic, dangerous sacred creative energy. It can move us forward or it can make us become "mad", depressed, suffering.

Stage 3 - The lover archetype: we arrive at a stage where a strong internal energy coming from desire, passion, urge (about something new) breaks us free from our old self and moves us to the new self. We aim at unity again with our (new) self. It is the time for choices and to start listening to the calling of "what we love".

Stage 4 - The Moon archetype: the seed of our new self is planned, and will grow in the cosmic mother energy, we cannot see it yet but it is there. It is time to connect with our intuition, with our feminine energy. It is a connection within. It is creation itself.

Stage 5 - The World archetype: passing through a period of experimentation, we will find realization in all our potential. Our new self is born, we find fulfilment, meaning and realization.

Then the cycle starts again….

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