The Peacock Series by Silvana LaCreta Ravena

The connections between psychology and art have been the constant subject of my paintings. I became fascinated with this theme during my practice as a clinical psychologist, an experience that helped me to infuse my art with principles based on different lines of thought in psychology. Since I moved to Minnesota, though, instead of continuing my clinical practice, I have centered my focus exclusively on painting, making it my way of stimulating people’s psychological dynamics.
In this series, I talk about the Jungian concept of "archetype". Archetypes are universally understood models, which are common to our culture and affect our psychological development as well as our behavior, channeling experiences and emotions. I use those models to discuss images heavily charged with social and individual meanings. Here I am exploring the symbol of peacocks as universal metaphor for power, beauty, resurrection, and above all, seduction.
The intention of my work is to make people creatively question what they are seeing, and to make contact with their innermost being. For me, art is a way of awakening perception by addressing the senses directly, which allows better conditions to facilitate the communication between the person and his or her deeper self.

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