Josh, 2010 Cut paper on birch panel 64cm x 46cm next page Oscar And Scarlett, 2010 Cut paper on birch panel 84cm x 74cm
left The Better Half 1, 2009 Cut paper on birch panel 117cm x 51cm right The Better Half 2, 2009 Cut paper on birch panel 117cm x 51cm
left The Designated Mourner, 2010 Cut paper on birch panel 96cm x 58cm right Rites Of Spring, 2010 Cut paper on birch panel 99cm x 66cm
HV– How do you think Jung informs your work beyond the popular notions of the archetype? I ask this because “archetype” seems to be the only thing most people know about his ideas. BAD– Years ago, I worked with an analyst as well as doing a lot of reading of authors that explored Jung’s ideas. Most of the readings dealt with the collective unconscious. I learned a lot of techniques for dream and symbol analysis through those explorations. One of the techniques that I use quite often, and in particular with my latest series is automatic writing. Though in my case I am not putting it down in words, but rather in visual moments. I tend to take long walks, and I just let my mind free associate. Or some times I try to prompt my imagination. Then I just sit back and listen for the images. I let them stew a bit, and then write them down. I usually don’t try to decipher them, but once I have them in front of me I begin to use each of them as a seed and see what free-associating with them will provide. If I took anything away from that period, it was that by probing my own thoughts, I had a wellspring of material to work. I am ultimately dealing with personal symbols that I try to relate to themes in my life that interest me. It generally takes me a while to realize what a body of work is about, but it often becomes very apparent to me a few pieces into a series. If anything, I feel like I am making new spins on old archetypes.
When I work with paper, I have the image on an easel, but the paper and knife are on a table. I don’t watch the paper while I cut; I watch the image. I imagine where I would be making the mark. —Brian Adam Douglas
left Artists’ studio, 2010
left Babble, 2010 Cut paper on paper 153cm x 76cm
above The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, 2010 Cut paper on paper 130cm x 112cm
Cocoons Come And Cocoons Go. It’s The Transformation That’s Key, 2010 Cut paper on paper 129cm x 110cm
Knitting Circle, 2010 Cut paper on paper 115cm x 90cm
Published on Mar 5, 2013
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