Oct. 23 – Dec. 3, 2019
Artist’s Talk: Wed. Oct. 23, 5-6pm
Opening Reception: Wed. Oct. 23, 6-8pm
The Mueller Gallery is pleased to present “The Thought of the Heart and the Soul of the World: work by Lowell Boyers, Susan Homer, Esther Traugot and Charles Yuen”. There will be a reception for the artists on Wed. Oct. 23 from 6-8pm and an artist’s talk with all four artists present from 5-6pm on the same day.
The philosopher, theologian, and Iranologist, Henry Corbin coined the term “mundus imaginalis” to explain to Westerners the Sufi concept of a realm that exists between the physical, sensory world and the spirit world. Corbin chose the term “imaginal” carefully; he did not want the Imaginal to be misconstrued with the idea of something that is imaginary – something purely invented – for the mundus imaginalis is as real as our waking world; in fact, Corbin stated that the mundus imaginalis is more real.
Corbin’s work provided a foundation for archetypal psychology developed by the psychologist James Hillman who sought to explore images rather than explain them. Working with the Imaginal, Hillman’s belief was that by giving images attention and mentally shaping them with sensitivity, one can engage with these images in a way that Hillman called “soul-making”.
The artists represented in this exhibition not only create images but they grapple with the idea of what an image actually is. According to James Hillman, an image is not just a picture of something you have seen and that comes to you via your physical senses nor is it a construction of the mind that has emotional or symbolic meaning. Rather, Hillman is positing that an image has its own autonomy and is a direct expression of the soul.