Megan Mosallem


Senior Project April 2014


The ideas embodied within my work are based around psychological and philosophical aspects of life. It is common for a person to struggle with stress, self doubt and self identity but without suffering, one cannot grow or get the peace and happiness they deserve. The philosophy of Buddhism states that we should embrace our suffering and let it reveal the way to peace. Liberation from suffering comes by training the mind. Carl Jung, a Swiss psychologist theorized that the psyche, the human soul, mind or spirit, consists of three parts; the conscious, the personal unconscious and the collective unconscious. Jung attributes artistic and philosophical bursts of inspiration to ideas stored in the collective unconscious. He theorized the collective unconscious as the most important part of the mind because it provides the human race with archetypes – instinctive trends. The archetypes mostly control the emotions of state of mind. Jung felt the most important archetype in human personality was that of the self. When the self is fully developed, a connection is formed between the conscious mind and the unconscious mind.

Discovering and exploring my personal archetypes to create my path of enlightenment is the essence of this body of work. To embrace my sufferings, as suggested in Buddhism philosophy, I’ve delved down to the depths of my soul. Each painting sitting is served as a therapeutic session where I allow myself to do what comes natural to me, gesturally. I allow my body, my hands, my tools and the flow of the paint to create different marks, shapes and textures under an unconscious thought. The direct, instinctual, spontaneous marks illustrate the corners of my mind. Confronting the self through the personal unconscious mind is something I will continue to explore. Attempting to form connections between the conscious mind and the unconscious mind to fully develop the self is what I hope to accomplish. When I look at my work, it is best described as a portrait of my soul.

Using house paint, I created multiple layers and textures on nine panels made out of masonite to create one large piece. Although this piece is separated into several different panels, I work on all the panels at once as one whole piece. Because there are numerous layers and disorder within my work, I chose to construct nine individual panels to create structure and divinity within the chaos.  Each layer is applied by different techniques that I’ve previously experimented with or new techniques inspired by Abstract Expressionism.  Within the layers of my piece, the idea of process and discovery is prominent. Uniting the sense of process and discovery is a distinguishable ring serving as the unifying element of the painting. For exhibition, I decided to display this piece in a grid format, using nearly 64 sq feet of wall space. By doing so, I aspire to create not only a painting but an installation and presence within the gallery.


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