Maria Taveras


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“Emergence of the Winged Serpent” (terra cotta, 25" tall) “Serpent Woman” (terra cotta, 23" tall)

Maria Taveras is a psychoanalyst in training at the C.G. Jung Institute of New York. She has an M.S.W. from New York University and is a licensed clinical social worker. Taveras is also a sculptor who explores unconscious creativity using her own dreams. In 2004, she won a Gradiva Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis for her sculpture “Transformation of the Feminine.”

Artist Statement

The two sculptures that I am showing in the 2005 Juried Dream Art Exhibition are based on dreams that I had in the early 1990s after I visited the C.G. Jung Institute in Kusnacht, Switzerland.

“Emergence of the Winged Serpent” is based on dreams in which many, many serpents were emerging from my mouth. Jung was in the first dream, and I was lying on a couch in his consultation room. There was no end to the amount of serpents. I was shocked that I had so many inside me. Jung said: “Well, this is very interesting.” It was as if he understood the phenomenon and was validating my experience. All of those serpents were energies of creativity. At the time, my ego did not value all of that primal energy that obviously needed to be expressed. Eventually, in a later dream, the serpents developed wings. Then I saw the serpents in the air, with wings, flying. The upper part of my body was a woman but the lower part of my body was a tree.

“Serpent Woman” is based on a dream in which the upper part of my body was a woman but the lower part of my body was a serpent. The lower part of my body was no longer a tree but had become a serpent. I had the tail of a serpent. As I interpreted the image, I had embodied the creative energy of the serpent.

2005 IASD Dream Art Exhibition

22nd Annual Conference for the International Association for the Study of Dreams
June 24 - June 28, 2005
Berkeley, California

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