Elise Wessels

Works on Paper

These etchings by Elise Wessels are part of a body of work titled Beast in Mind, which is an intuitive visual interpretation of the Shadow archetype, as defined by C.G. Jung. Jung proposed that the ‘Shadow’ may partially be linked to primordial and irrational animal instincts, and it is also seen to be the seat of creativity, which becomes her point of departure. This series is inspired by South African writers in whose lives and work it seems the Shadow played a significant role. Wessels uses hybrid forms as a means to simulate a visual – or actual – conversation between the psyche and animal archetypes. With Beast in Mind she hoped to offer the viewer a key to the intuitive language of the Shadow.