“Collective Unconscious"is a series of watercolor, ink, & collage works inspired by psychoanalyst Carl Jung's theory of the same name, a phenomenon of universal unconscious archetypes and symbols. In my work, I allow the viewer to access his or her Collective Unconscious and discover these archetypes through seemingly abstract visions, colors, and patterns. My work begins with wet-on-wet watercolor, the pigments applied in a randomly dispersed way, and I then work on top of these paintings, creating order from chaos. The imagery which viewers see in my work is similar to the way that one may decipher images from Rorschach ink blot tests. While I do sometimes hide certain images inside some of my works, most of the imagery which viewers discover are created unintentionally and without purpose. In fact, their discovery is only created through their own access to the Collective Unconscious. The elements of collage which I add to my work are sourced primarily from old comic books from the communist era of China, my home for four years, further enabling the feeling of a cross-cultural Collective Unconscious.


© 2020 Alana Tashjian