Quotes: Women Dreaming Into Art

51ofizo5hpl-_sx333_bo1204203200_Quotes from: Women Dreaming-Into-Art: Seven Artists Who Create from Dreams. (2006) (1st edition). Lakeville, Minn.: Galde Press, Inc.

  • The artists interviewed in Women Dreaming are women who work with soul and symbol, and who integrate self-change with their interest in institutional change. (Kindle Locations 169-171).
  • They have in common their production of works, which facilitate “unconsciousness raising”( 4) a term used here to mean the dream is utilized to mediate a changed consciousness in both artist and art viewer.(Kindle Locations 178-180).
  • Women artists who are translating the living processes of their inner lives into their art forms can model, articulate, and mediate new patterns of wholeness for women. (Kindle Locations 186-187).
  • Artists who are border-crossers— who have plumbed their own psychic depths and returned—-can give us intimations of how the intensity of subjective experience can lead beyond the individual into a larger relation to the experience of others. (Kindle Locations 201-204).
  • Their individual incursions into the unconscious are chronicled in their artworks, many of which delineate journeys of self-recognition, life-cycle transition, and psychological transmutation and rebirth. (Kindle Locations 213-214).
  • Acting as inner change agents, these artists both model and facilitate for others processes, which ultimately promote self-reliance and confidence. (Kindle Locations 226-228).
  • Christine Downing In Search of the Goddess

  • In her work, Christine integrates intensely personal material with profound scholarship: mythology, depth psychology, feminism, and theology are deftly interwoven with the dreams, visions, and fragments of her individual history.(Kindle Locations 299-301).
  • Deena Metzger To Make the Private Images Public

  • She descends into her dreams, goes downward until she finds watery messages, and ascends with them, translating them into writings that embody the “deep pulse of the spirit” (Antonio Machado). (Kindle Locations 614-615).
  • Anna Halprin Circle the Earth With Peace

  • Anna Halprin’s dance rituals have evolved from her dream life. She states, “My dances are my dreams, and my dreams are in the form of dance. There is very little difference between my inner life and my outer life.” (Kindle Locations 921-923).
  • Mary Beth Edelson Rites, Rituals— and More

  • A painter, photographer, and performance artist, Mary Beth has shifted the focus of her vision, style, imagery, and message through the decades, but her work has always “developed in response to the psychological and political ramifications of women’s rights to control their own bodies, representations, and histories.” (Kindle Locations 1219-1221).
  • Ann McCoy Artist as Alchemist

  • If anyone collaborating in his or her own psychological transformation and development is an alchemist, then Ann is both artist and scientist of the psyche. Her large-scale colored-pencil drawings and bronze sculptures have directly evolved from her personal work in Jungian analysis and from her dreams, recorded over a twenty-five-year period. (Kindle Locations 1674-1676).
  • Carolee Schneemann The Body as Art

  • Much of the subject matter in Carolee Schneemann’s work in film, painting, and performance art is based on the re-creation or reenactment of original dream events. (Kindle Locations 2017-2018).
  • Pauline Oliveros Music to Tune the Soul

  • Her works— grounded in improvisation, intuition, and primary process imagery— often employ her own dreams as well as those of others. Pauline is a pioneer in the use of attentional strategies, interdisciplinary collaborations, and performer-audience interactions. In recent years, her emphasis has shifted from “experiment” to “experience” (Kindle Locations 2401-2405).

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