Re-animating the Symbolic Function of Art Making

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This lecture is part of the symposium The Healing Power of Art in Everyday Life. Purchase the full symposium for 30% off individual titles!

Topics: Active Imagination, Art and Art Therapy, Society and Culture.

Re-animating the Symbolic Function of Art Making

“In my classes at the Art Institute of Chicago, there was no discussion of the meaning of the images we were making other than on the grounds of formal technical considerations or art historical innovations within the work.  During one of my frequent haunts of the AIC Book Store, I found a copy of Jung’s “Man and His Symbols” – my initial introduction to Jung’s thought that eventually led to my becoming an Art Psychotherapist and then a Jungian Psychoanalyst.  Reflecting on my own experience at the Art Institute and as an exhibiting artist, I have empathy for how artists can feel caught in a conflict between having their work valued in the context of cultural and artistic achievement as well as having the symbolic significance of their work devalued in their own lives.  The purpose of my presentation is to address this conflict.”

This talk explores Jung’s understanding of the symbolic function and his thoughts about the artist’s creative process.   Contemporary perspectives that value the formal and cultural demands facing the creative artist will also be considered.  Mary Dougherty then reflects on how the practice of making art can lay the ground for the emergence of synchronistic revelations that may have symbolic significance in the life of the maker and the larger culture.

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This video will help you be able to discuss Jung’s understanding of the symbolic attitude in relationship to the art making process

Mary Dougherty, MFA, ATR, NCPsyA is a Jungian psychoanalyst and art psychotherapist in private practice in Chicago.  She is the former President of the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago and former Director of Training.  She teaches in the Analyst Training Program in Chicago and elsewhere, and has numerous articles published on analytical psychology. As a printmaker and performance artist she exhibited nationally and internationally, with venues including The George Eastman House, NY; Franklin Furnace, NYC; University of Chicago; Museo Contemporaneo, Sao Paolo.  In 2001, she was awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement in the Arts” award by the Chicago Women’s Caucus for the Arts.

© 2013 Mary Dougherty
℗ 2013 CG Jung Institute of Chicago

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Dougherty, Mary

Mary Dougherty, MFA, ATR, NCPsyA

Mary Dougherty, MFA, ATR, NCPsyA is a Jungian psychoanalyst and art psychotherapist in private practice in Chicago. She is former President, Director of Training, and chair of the Program Committee of the Jung Institute of Chicago, former President of Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts, and served for eight years on the Executive Committee of the Council of North American Societies of Jungian Analysts. She is contributing editor to the Journal of Jungian Theory and Practice and has numerous publications in Analytical Psychology. She lectures on the clinical implications of gender, the use of active imagination, and on the impact of Jung’s thought upon creative development and artistic production. As a printmaker and performance artist she exhibited nationally and internationally, with venues including The George Eastman House, NY; Franklin Furnace, NYC; University of Chicago; Museo Contemporaneo, Sao Paolo. In 2001, she was awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement in the Arts” award by the Chicago Women’s Caucus for the Arts. Education DIPLOMATE IN ANALYTICAL PSYCHOLOGY: C.G. Jung Insititute of Chicago. (1995) MASTERS IN ART THERAPY: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. (1986) MASTERS OF FINE ARTS IN PERFORMANCE ART AND EXPERIMENTAL PHOTOGRAPHIC MEDIA: The School of the Art Institute. (1977) BFA IN PERFORMANCE ART AND EXPERIMENTAL PHOTOGRAPHIC MEDIA: The School of the Art Institute. (1975) Professional Organizations C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago (Director of Analyst Training Program 2005 to 2009, President 2009-2011) American Board for Accredidation in Psychoanalysis, Inc. Chicago Society of Jungian Analysts (President of the Society, 1998-2002) Council of North American Societies of Jungian Analysts (Secretary, 1998-2006) International Association of Analytical Psychology International Federation for Psychoanalytic Education National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis American Art Therapy Association Illinois Counselling Association Age Groups Adults Treatment Types Individuals Specialty Areas Art Therapy Contact [email protected] 773.525.2697 Office
 

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