DEDICATION: With thanks and gratitude to Nancy Furlotti, Jungian Analyst, the poet Joy Gaines-Friedler, Kathleen Jackson, Editor, and especially my husband, Dennis Levin.”Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.”
Release: September 2, 2014
Size: 6″ x 9″
ART FROM DREAMS, MY JUNGIAN JOURNEY in COLLAGE, ASSEMBLAGE, and POETRY celebrates artistic expression as an exploration for self-awareness. Art-making and poetry reveal to ourselves and to others the images and feelings that arise within us in dreams. The very process of creation taps into the source of our inner wisdom. Poetry itself can be accessible as a collage of named images put together in various forms to communicate to and from our innermost selves.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Susan Levin has a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Johns Hopkins University. In addition, she studied art at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. She is a working artist in Los Angeles, Ca.
Critical Praise and Advance Reviews for “Art from Dreams”
“Dreams are not merely random images but rather they reveal our innermost selves. Art-making, based on our dream images, allows us to tap-into that source of personal wisdom. As seen in Art from Dreams: My Jungian Journey in Collage, Assemblage, and Poetry the process of creation itself is its own journey, its own opportunity for personal growth through self-expression. With titles such as “Defended Woman” and “Ship of Souls” this collection becomes its own narrative. Some of the pieces in the book are complemented with short lyrical poems, thereby giving the artwork another voice. There is no end to the question of why art matters, but if it can be answered in terms of expressing life’s terrible beauty, that expression is here in this book of artwork and poetry by Susan Levin.”
–Joy Gaines-Friedler, author of Like Vapor, and Dutiful Heart.
“The Art and Poetry in this book stand on their on their own in terms of beauty and transcendence, but for those also interested in work inspired by dreams and Carl Jung, be prepared for something magical.”
– Nancy Furlotti, Jungian Dream Analyst
“It was my sincere pleasure to write the foreword to this remarkable book. The author’s undertaking of personal exploration through the dual lens of dreamwork and expressive arts was transformative. I look forward to watching her share her vision with a wider audience.”
– Shana Nyes Dambrot, Art Critic and Curator
Dreams appear mysterious. The images and symbols conveyed are gleaned from such diverse sources as present situations, childhood, religion, history, etc.: all attempting to communicate information from our unconscious mind to our conscious mind. Both minds perceive and assimilate our circumstances, but the unconscious mind speaks only in images and symbols. To understand its seemingly obscure messages, we must associate and amplify their meaning to us personally. We ask ourselves “Why is this setting, person, number, animal, color, etc., in our dream? What are they trying to tell us? Why did I awaken from the dream with a particular mood or feeling?” Art-making and poetry are helpful in contemplating what the unconscious mind has seen and may help in deciphering a dream.
The first series of artworks in this book were constructed during the time I was working with a professional Jungian dream analyst. These mixed-media found object collage/assemblages are grouped in a series because they resulted from a linear out-pouring of themes that arose during that time. Sometime later I was inspired to write a poem for each piece. The poems express my further integration of each theme and do not necessarily incorporate the images and symbols in the artworks. The collage and assemblages in Part II express many of my continuing dreams.
by Shana Nys Dambrot
Los Angeles, CA – 2014
In this book the poems and artworks by Susan Levin embrace the role of the unconscious mind as a creative force for self-awareness. She uses personal and archetypal images and symbols to create narratives of meaning and identity. Dreams, like collage/assemblage and poetry, derive their form and character from the aesthetics of juxtaposition – the placing of seemingly random images in proximity in a way that elicits a new level of meaning and understanding. In all three there is a role for intuition, a vested relationship to memory, a certainty that things are never only or entirely as they appear, and the presumption that everything carries with it a plurality of meanings. In the technique of assemblage particularly, commonplace, found, deracinated objects remain themselves even as they become something else. Like a dream, a work of art can reveal the hidden treasures of the mind.