In my work I explore the ever changing states of the individual. Through introspection and the delving into the unconscious and the psyche one can gain a more thorough understanding of the self and through this gain a more profound sense of humanity as a whole.
If one can honestly face oneself and one’s psyche one can come to learn the potentiality of dark and light that exists in all of us. Once one comes to face their own shadows one has much more control over them and can thus begin to consciously choose one’s own way in life, rather than being controlled by unconscious motives. To Jung the psyche is both the mother of civilization and its destroyer. We have the responsibility to choose. 
“There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”
- Carl G. Jung, ‘The Philosophical Tree’.
This type of introspection is not a selfish pursuit, through inner understanding one becomes much more capable of comprehending the actions and motives of others. With so much tension and fragmentation between and within nations, as well as within the individual, it has become all the more vital that we endeavor to understand and listen to ourselves and each other.
‘Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that defenses of peace must be constructed.’
Preamble to UNESCO’s constitution.
Art can be a powerful mechanism to explore and communicate these ideas. We can explore through art our emotions, our minds workings as well as having conversations on society at large. Through this means we can begin to communicate with others, to ‘build more bridges’ allowing people access into our inner workings and thus begin to break down down barriers that keep us apart.
Psychiatrist and author Dan Siegel presents a form of meditation where we first become aware of all our senses, then the interior of our bodies, our emotions and mental activities, then awareness of our consciousness and then of our interconnectedness with others and the environment. I am interested in this form of connecting to self as a means to connect with others more deeply. This heightens us from personal consciousness through to a heightened expansive consciousness.
Art as a mechanism that employs metaphor, symbolism, abstraction and emotion also offers another way of encountering the world. Not restricted to mere logic and common sense it presents an opportunity to engage the senses, intuition and emotion.
It allows for engagement of the right hand side of the brain, a side that is often neglected in society at present. Neuroscientist and psychotherapist Dr. Allan Shore speaks of the importance of the right brain functions which he feels are undervalued. Conscious expectation must be left behind in order to try and intuitively and empathically become aware of what the other person is saying. Reik says we must abandon ‘rigidly rational consciousness’ and ‘abandon yourself’ to hear the other person and try to comprehend what is being said underneath just words.
Currently there is a prevalence in society for value of external achievement and validation over the internal. Compassion and empathy are qualities that are needed to make positive moves forward for all of society and they spring from the ability of connecting one’s inner self with others.
I am hoping in my work to explore this relationship between the inner and outer worlds of the individual. How reaching inwards can help us to extend ourselves outwards and connect with people on a deeper level and find a common unity between us all.
I have begun compiling some of my research in this area into a collaborative mind map where I am inviting people to contribute. The title ‘We Are All Connected By Invisible Strings’ is hoped to evoke a sense of a deeper underlying connection between us all.
If anyone would like to contribute to the mind map I can add you via email. Look forward to working with you all!
These photographs are some starting points for exploring these ideas.
 Radmila Moacanin, ‘The Essence of Jung’s Psychology and Tibetan Buddhism, Western and Eastern Paths the Heart’.