Archive for September 21st, 2009

The Red Book


While I’ve tried to make my blog about my own art, every once in a while something really cool comes along that I want to let people know about. What’s got me excited is the publication next month of THE RED BOOK from W. W. Norton. The RED BOOK is an illustrated dream/vision diary kept by Carl Jung and heretofore unseen by scholars or the general public.

Jung worked on the RED BOOK for twenty years and it looks gorgeous in the photos. He claimed many of his most important psychological concepts, like synchronicity and the collective unconscious, evolved out of this dream art. He understood he was in a dialog with the deepest parts of his own unconscious, knew there was wisdom in there, and used the painting as a method to intuitively get into the visual language it was speaking. What remains is a monumental cartography of Jung’s soul.

All dream artists quickly realize the powerful intuitive compass we have at our beck and call, and how honed it can become with use and attention. If you’ve been baffled by my dream comics, this is exactly what that part of my creativity is all about. Hmmm, maybe this post DOES touch on my own art…

Photo © The New York Times.