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Wilna van der Walt exhibition

The Old Woman and the Moon: an Inner Journey in Oil

14 May - 4 June 2016

The exhibition will be opened by: Amanda Botha

11h00 am on 14 May 2016

Walkabout with the artist 11h00 am on 21 May

The work spans 25 years of the artist's life. The inter-relatedness of separate works will be demonstrated. Mythological and alchemical themes will be amplified.

I am 57 years old and am following my inner star which led me back to my birth-ground. I have resolved to tell the story, the journey, of my seeking and survival in the cement jungle, by way of the deeper images of my life. After the destruction of divorce in the early 1990's, I had to go back to a career that I found unfulfilling. From my own broken position I soon realized that, not only was I not the only broken one, but my whole world is unforgiving and broken. I turned to the work of CG Jung and discovered that wholeness lies in the depths, and so art came into my life as active imagination. Right from the start, my goal was not to make a work of art, but rather to experiment with 'the unknown other' in my personality. I did not realize at the time that I was doing active imagination, but called it the creative process. I viewed it as a sacred space and felt the need to protect it from outside influences. For that reason I never took art classes, but viewed mistakes and artistic problems as part of the conversation. I solved problems by waiting for the answer to come from the other side. The psyche is a whole universe, and alive.

The artworks relate to one another, they portray the deeper story of my life, and integrating the content will probably take me the rest of my life. The images do not follow chronologically upon each other, but rather weave back and forth over the period of 25 years during which I engaged with this process. Mythological and alchemical themes can be traced and will be amplified by additional exhibits. At times I consciously engaged with the myth at the time of the creation of the work, but often the deeper connection was only made much later. This exhibition is developed and put together in book form to be published as The Old Woman and the Moon, an inner journey in oil.

After Job as a Mountain came into my life, it became a conscious quest to find the meaning of my life and my own right place in the world. In the modern world, the artist may well play a role in the collective problem of the working out of the broken myth. One may see the unconscious as a place from which to draw inspiration, but it is only once one engages in a serious and respectful conscious struggle with the deep, that it becomes possible to find meaning and containment.

Jung says in Memories, Dreams, Reflections p. 340:

The need for mythic statements is satisfied when we frame a view of the world which adequately explains the meaning of human existence in the cosmos, a view which springs from our psychic wholeness, from the co-operation between conscious and unconscious. Meaninglessness inhibits fullness of life and is therefore equivalent to illness. Meaning makes a great many things endurable - perhaps everything.


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In awe, oil on canvas; 25.4 x 35.5 cm, June 1994
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The bundle, oil on canvas, 35.5 x 45.7 cm, 2003
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The orange-sellers, oil on canvas 50 x 60 cm, 2007
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Sophia,oil on board, 123 x 142 cm, 1994-2014
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The sun-child, oil on canvas, 61 x 76 cm, 1994-1995
Posted: 2016/05/13 (09:42:54 AM)


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