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Individuation Treatments

Oslo Prosjektrom, February-March 2017

Individuation Treatments is a meeting between my mental life and the materials. The clay lump and the lump in me have had meetings about the inherent in us since I started going to a psychoanalyst with the sculptures in 2014.

"Generally, [individuation treatment] is the process in which individual beings are formed and differentiated [from other people]; in particular, it is the development of the psychological individual that is separated from the general collective psychology" Jung, C.G. Psychological Types. Total works, vol. 6, par. 757.

I read this section on individual treatment in jungian psychotherapy a few years ago. I imagined how to go to a psychotherapist with the sculptures in my graduation project and begin to see them on an individual level, and understand each sculpture on a personal level.

I started going to a psychotherapist in Oslo once a week. The first meetings went to tell what I was thinking and the therapist elaborated on the treatment setting. It became clear to me that I had to admit myself to approach the sculptures with something different then a conceptual vision.

In the spring of 2015, I began to work with sculptures as a meeting between my psyche and the material. The clay and the lump in me have since had meetings about the inherent in us. In the individualization process, you discover the inherent so that it can be seen. Jung viewed it as an alchemical process where both so-called good and bad qualities must unite. This is necessarily a personal project, but I think it is nevertheless a general quest.

The exhibition is supported by the Norwegian Cultural Council and Inger & Iver Jåk Foundation.

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