Tuesday, September 29, 2015

the archetypes

the archetype of the circle
Lenore Tawney
Waters above the Firmament 1976
linen, manuscript paper, liquitex  156  x 145 inches  collection the art institute of chicago
the archetype of the cross
Loretta Pettway
four block strip quilt circa 1960
cotton twill and synthetic material from men's clothing  78 x 73 inches
a Gee Bend quilt
the archetype of the dot
Alice Fox
Found rusty metal, hand stitch with cotton/silk, rust dyed with tea  2015
linen, 55 cm square
More photos of this piece here.

In my Newfoundland meditation panel workshop, I will be showing images of how other textile artists have accessed the archetypes for inspiriation.
An archetype is a term used to describe universal symbols that evoke deep and sometimes unconscious responses in a reader. In literature, characters, images, and themes that symbolically embody universal meanings and basic human experiences, regardless of when or where they live, are considered archetypes.  (google)


  1. Great subject Judy! Archetypes allow the river of life to flow into the light of day.

  2. I like what you said here. May I use it?

  3. the archetypes can be so demanding, when I took the journey of illustrating the zodiac back in 1999 I channeled each star sign for two weeks to research & draw each sign, it was fun but an intense experience, many friends have asked me to illustrate the Tarot but I feel that channelling the 78 cards is for a whole other lifetime!

  4. These images have me thinking about Agnes Martin, her lines and grids...

  5. Agnes Martin's paintings invite the viewer to recognize states of perfection already extant within ourselves.

    The paintings become charts. They allow the viewer, once a time commitment is made, to share the artist's response to interior states.

    Her paintings are meditations on innocence, beauty, happiness and love.

    (from an old journal note)


  6. i so very much wish i could be there for your class.

  7. Two spots have come up this week. Women who signed up months ago now are unable to come and they have given their spaces up. These have already been paid for - and they are both willing to have another person take their place.

    I encourage anyone who wants to come to glorious newfoundland to take the opportunity. Please email me for more information.


  8. I like what Dana said, too. I am heartbroken, however, that I'm one of the women unable to attend. Fingers crossed that someone will be able to take my seat. My company will be gone by then, so I am planning to spend goodly parts of each day looking at photos of Newfiundland and re-reading your blog. That'll just have to do for this year.


Thank you for taking the time to connect. Much appreciated.xx