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Introspective art

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Introspective Art: windows on interiority


We hear much about the inner world, but what is this “inner world”? What moves in our interiority? How do we perceive it? How can an introspective painting show it? We often hear that “all art is introspective.” Some might also say that “all art helps to look inside.”

We don’t discuss these beliefs and let everyone think what they want. What we define as Introspective Art, however, is something different: it is an art that describes our interiority. What does it mean?

An introspective painting is a window on the unconscious mind

The figures of an introspective painting are not human figures or objects of the material world, but symbols of what moves within us. They

Introspective art: Windows on the unconscious mind
Introspective art = Windows on the unconscious mind

represent the interaction between hidden inner parts, which are often difficult to access and hard to describe with words.

We call these hidden parts “forces”. They are aggregates of thoughts, emotions and physical tensions that behave mechanically, strengthen over time, until they become resistant to our control and gain increasing autonomy. If we can’t perceive these forces within us, we can’t manage them.

Inner world: who manages whom?

If we cannot manage them, they are the ones who manage us more and more. We thus find ourselves with thoughts that we do not share, with emotions that we cannot control, with physical tensions that are difficult to relax.

As long as we look at a single thought, a single emotion, a single physical tension, without bringing them together in a context, we have little chance of managing them. The poor results of our attempts discourage us, and we feel increasingly conditioned and mechanical. We need to observe the behavior of the clusters of thoughts, emotions and physical tensions – of these “forces” – to understand  and manage our interiority.

In this site we will often talk about introspective art and forces, as our research goes on.