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.
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
Conference for the International Association for the Study of
- 2005 -