Barbara Turner


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“Red Storm Void” (acrylic, 48" x 24") “Threshold” (acrylic, 24" x 18")

Barbara Turner is an artist, academic and therapist-in-training. Since her earliest years, she has played as art maker, lived a life rich in dream, hosted curiosity about the peculiarities of the human psyche, and conversed with the intelligence of nature. She is currently working towards her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute where she has also studied myth and dream. Turner’s art, philosophy and academics are infused with questions regarding the nature of psyche. From what or whom does manifest reality with its myriad ways of knowing come? The world’s mythic and religious traditions, the new sciences, and depth psychology all explore aspects of psyche which she currently imagines as (borrowing the term from Thomas Ogden) the edge of dreaming. Her creative and theoretical works explore this edge and the intelligences who dwell there. Turner currently works primarily on canvas due to the immediacy, accessibility and convenience of the media. As a sculptor, the majority of her pieces are illuminated works in bamboo and paper.

Artist Statement

Inspired by life within psyche, my work explores our human context within a living psychic ecology. The figures of dream and reverie, symptom and nightmare, suffering and delight— with life, intelligence, and intention of their own— reveal themselves to human awareness. Working from a mythic consciousness, the canvas allows me to host the imaginal others and explore landscapes of soul as a process of mutual dreaming.

2005 IASD Dream Art Exhibition

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

- 2005 -
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