Master of Fine Arts
Dr. Lisa M Williamson
The Body is a Reliquary employs sculpture, painting and ceramic to visually demonstrate how the body serves as a container for the psychic products created, stored and transformed over a lifetime. The work uses religious tropes and language to highlight the sacred nature of the psyche and the process by which trauma is alchemized into joy. The research is grounded in the theories developed by depth psychologist Carl Jung and the many post-Jungian analysts who have expanded on his original idea which is that the psyche speaks to us through symbol, story and myth. Materially, the sculpture, painting and ceramic pieces in The Body is a Reliquary use Jung's devices of symbol, story and myth to demonstrate how the psyche might appear if it were a visible entity. The conclusion of the work points to the synchronicities that occur when psyche collides with matter and negative experience is found to be redemptive.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest
McDonnell, Lorraine Pamela, "The Body is a Reliquary" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3059.