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Outsider Art and Alchemy

Parker, D. (2013) Outsider Art and Alchemy. In: Arya, R. (ed.) Arya, Rina Contemplations of the Spiritual in Art. Oxford: Peter Lang Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften. pp. 97-110.

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Abstract: This essay discusses perceived psychological connections between the art of Alchemy and the art of the Outsider Artist. Throughout the essay the psychology of Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1955) will be used to frame the discussion in order to reveal psychological similarities between the imagery, processes and practices of alchemy and that of the artist outsider. Fundamental to this exercise is the desire to articulate the psychological value of different modes of perceiving the world in relation to both cultural and a-cultural factors, and to explore Jung’s unique contribution to our understanding of art and culture within the modern era
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alchemy, outsider art, Jung, imagery, symbolism, culture, imagination, conscious, unconscious
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) > N7432.5 Outsider art
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) > N7560 Special subjects of art > N8248.S77 Spirituality in art
N Fine Arts > ND Painting > ND1158.P64 Psychological aspects
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) > N61 Theory. Philosophy. Aesthetics of the visual arts
Creators: Parker, David
Editors: Arya, Rina
Publisher: Peter Lang Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: Faculties > Faculty of Arts, Science & Technology > Fine Art
Date: 28 February 2013
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 97-110
Title of Book: Contemplations of the Spiritual in Art
Series Name: Cultural interactions: studies in the relationship between the arts
Volume: 26
Place of Publication: Oxford
Number of Pages: 264
Language: English
ISBN: 9783034307505
Media of Output: Print and Electronic
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes
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URI: http://nectar.northampton.ac.uk/id/eprint/5166

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