In my History and Theories of Art Therapy discussion, we were asked to create an archetype that emulates either our life or symbols we find ourselves attracted to. This is a photo of my quick acrylic painting of the archetype I created in class:
by: Danielle Harth
My desire is to be a creator like Christ. My belief of creation is introducing shape, order, and hierarchy out of a chaotic situation. Christ is my creator who was resurrected. The phoenix is a mythical bird that cyclically regenerates itself, so I related the phoenix resurrection to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I see fiery wings as the all encompassing love, warmth, and protection of Christ. Blue is a deep color that historically represents infinity and wisdom. However, when blue is juxtaposed with red and yellow it represents the rivalry between Heaven and Earth. There is somewhat of a separation between the red and blue in this archetype, yet they still interact which I feel represents being “in the world, but not of the world”. Or, I could say that red and blue in the same picture could represent Alpha and Omega, the beginning and end, the totality of knowledge, being, space, and time.