I AM…
An A/r/tographer (artist, researcher, educator) and Depth psychologist who creates, researches, and educates personal and collective narrative through art-based and depth psychological research methods. These methods incite a transformative learning experience between object and audience through a variety of public and private displays.


ART DEFINED…
Art and art-making is a form of academic and psychological scholarship and experience. Art-making is the synthesis of constellated complexes. Art is an expression of psyche. Furthermore, the opus is an outlet for internal expression, transformation, and a signifier of soul-making.


PRACTICE AND PROCESS…
The object, whether tangible or intellectual, is part of the creative process that delves into investigating the unconscious. Exploring the psyche calls for an interdisciplinary approach. I pull inspiration from the works of psychoanalysts, C. G. Jung, James Hillman, and Marian Woodman; and mythologists Joseph Campbell and Zora Neale Hurston. I incorporate Wassily Kandinsky’s theory of color, music, and spiritual, artistic practice; and literary and visual artist, William Blake’s literary and visual quest of individuation while contemporary artist, Carrie Mae Weems’ creative process and research methodology, narrative inquiry and storytelling, focuses unveiling the archetypal truth and core of the complexes of African Americans. 


THE OBJECT…
I create intangible objects, intellectual narratives, and tangible objects such as photographs which reflect the inner works of the spirit, mind, and matter. For instance, by using art as a tool for healing and inquiry, I have created representations of the spirit, mind, and matter from the archetypal events of illness and trauma. Psychosomatically, the symptoms of illness and trauma are pathologized through unconscious content. In turn, I construct and deconstruct the archetypal narrative in hopes to bind the fragments. 


THE THROUGHLINE…
Understanding one’s artistic process like the individuation process is a lifelong journey. Furthermore, the transformational experience, if understood, may lead the artist to a sense of wholeness. Wassily Kandinsky said it best; it is just not making “art for art’s sake.” It is studying, exploring, integrating memory, experience, research, and craft
to create purposefully, transform, and evolve spiritually.

Karin Rodney-Haapala,
The A/R/Tographer