Shadow Archetype

« Filling the conscious mind with ideal conceptions is a characteristic of Western theosophy, but not the confrontation with the shadow and the world of darkness. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. » Jung, “The Philosophical Tree” (1945). in CW 13: Alchemical Studies. P.335.

As a software engineer, Nathalia Rus quickly became fascinated by the study of the human psyche, and has written many personal essays on Art in the age of Machine Intelligence. Art and music can be programmed; but the human psyche is intrinsic. Its underlying structure evades all rules. Nathalia sees art as the medium to explore our inner human complexities: she uses vectors to make sense of the connections which defy logic and time.

« Shadow Archetype » is part of the collection « Thoughts ». It attempts to offer a visualisation of the otherwise invisible and impenetrable: the Jungian shadow, or Id. The Shadow Archetype represents aspects of our personality which our conscious ego does not identify in itself. It defines what we chose to repress and reject; but what may still be a real part of who we truly are. The Id conflicts with what we have come to believe about ourselves, our morality, and what drives us.

The shadow, while very real, is not meant to be taken concretely or literally. It is an Allegory of the universal archetypal feature of the human psyche for which we bear full responsibility to cope with as creatively as possible.


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