Psychology & Emotion
Terry Barrett writes of Louise Bourgeois "Art is a gift of access to the unconscious and also an ability to sublimate through art the painful aspects of what one finds there" (p83 'Why Is That Art?'). For me this is a huge part of what I use art for, as an outlet to release as well as of being self-analytical.
The motives behind psychoanalysis are to improve mental health and to relate it to social conditions. When I looked at Freud and his ideas of trauma I felt this resonated with my own work. The notion of regression, looking into oneself in order to understand one's psychological and emotional life. Herbert Read describes this as the “struggle for existence is within the mind of man” (p32) and that it is the “perception of feeling”(p36). The text in my art is a way to regress and relive the past to deal with it.
Psychoanalysis highlights the problem of living with 'chronic' psychological damage; it is the treatment for a person who cannot release their difficulties. My work deals with this and the pragmatic idea of needing a resolution and 'cure'. The idea of haunting memories that cannot be erased, which are embedded deep within the psyche, is the journey I record within my work.