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Cosmic Blueprint: Archetypes in Contemporary Art


“Whoever speaks in primordial images speaks with a thousand voices; he enthrals and overpowers, while at the same time
he lifts the idea he is seeking to express out of the occasional and the transitory into the realm of the ever-enduring.”
-Carl Jung

What is an Archetype?

An archetype is a universally understood symbol or term or pattern of behavior, a prototype upon which others are copied, patterned, or emulated.
 
Archetypes are often used in myths and storytelling across different cultures.
 
In psychology, an archetype is a model of a person, personality, or behavior.
It is a recurrent symbol or motif in literature, art, or mythology, which can represent "mythological archetypes of good and evil", and, may be,
a primitive mental image inherited from the earliest human ancestors, and supposed to be present in the collective unconscious.

How to Navigate the Virtural Exhibition

Each archetype is represented by an image, painted by an artist.

Each image has a poem connected to the image.

Click on the image to reveal the poem connected with the image and archetype.

Komechak Art Gallery

Teresa J. Parker
Curator
tparker@ben.edu
630-829-6270

Cathy Gaddis
Office Assistant
gaddis@ben.edu
630-829-1873