Pulling out two stuffed toy mice hidden in a box that had not been unpacked from my office move this spring reminded me of innumerable paintings I have created of mice but I was particularly reminded of this painting I call "Connection". It is the interesting thing about mice--they do often stay hidden or more to the point their lives just carry on in our cupboards and walls--they don't care whether we like it or not--it is just so. This is why they are such a wonderful metaphor for psyche.--something else which carries on whether we pay attention to it or not. The unconscious is carrying on whether we attend to it or not. This painting is about that connection or relationship--this is what the unconscious wants--relationship--it turns the face to us that we turn to it. I have carried on this relationship, conversation and connection with the unconscious through my paintings. For others it could be dance, poetry, writing, drawing, sculpture--deepening into this relationship through the creative process.
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The painting above on this blog page comes from a dream of finding again the fairy costume from when I was five years old. Painting this dream brought me back to the joy and fun I felt wearing this wonderful costume. Every time I dream the dream forward, and I imaginally put the fairy costume on, I feel the beauty and magic I felt then--an enlivening. More in my next blog post