2014 International Art Festival
Artist Official Entries
Richard LaphamNew York NY USA
I have a passion for psychology, so my work naturally gravitates to understanding human nature and our consciousness. I've explored how we perceive and internalize visual information in the past, and I am currently interested in Carl Jung's collective unconsciousness, specifically the idea of archetypes. Using myself as a tool of exploring the unconscious, I visually document how my mind shapes and realizes familiar archetypes in a mash of mixed media. This process usually takes me through cycles of building up a space/subject and breaking it down again. The closest I've come to understanding my own unconsciousness is in the moments of ambiguity between a recognizable subject and total abstraction.