On Art – Turner, Proteus and Jung

Protea (black chalk on paper)
Protea, 2015. Cecilie Nyman  (black chalk on paper)

On Art – By Cecilie Nyman

When visiting Tate Gallery in London, back in 1998, I made my first acquaintance with paintings by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), the painter of light: I fell in love with the Turner universe; I fell in love with the world of art.

Wreckers Coast of Northumberland, 1836. J. W. Turner
Wreckers Coast of Northumberland, 1836. J. W. Turner

Soon I grabbed the paintbrush and began to express myself in a new way. Before art I felt lost. I tried out thousands of disguises. Like the sea god Proteus, the son of Poseidon.

Proteus
Proteus

Proteus was able to foretell the future, but he would change his shape just to avoid having to.

Since the flower Protea exists in a great variety, it is named after Proteus, symbolizing diversity.

I used to have a thousand disguises – today I put on my smock.

“We meet ourselves time and time again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.” – C. G. Jung

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