Painting and Our Inner World: The Psychology of Image Making / Edition 1

Painting and Our Inner World: The Psychology of Image Making / Edition 1

by Pavel Machotka, Lori Felton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0306474085

ISBN-13: 9780306474088

Pub. Date: 03/28/2003

Publisher: Springer US

That painting is at least in part an expression of the painter's personality is obvious from the differences between very impulsive and very controlled painters - between the paintings of a Picasso, for example, and a Piet Mondriaan. But these differences have not been looked at in a controlled setting. In this book, Machotka sets out to understand the images

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That painting is at least in part an expression of the painter's personality is obvious from the differences between very impulsive and very controlled painters - between the paintings of a Picasso, for example, and a Piet Mondriaan. But these differences have not been looked at in a controlled setting. In this book, Machotka sets out to understand the images produced by a broad sample of students and to connect them to the students' inner lives - to their interpersonal relations, their wishes and fears, their impulses and inhibitions. Their image making was followed in detail and their personality was studied in a long clinical interview, producing a rich, individual picture of the style and substance of the inner life of each. Then the images were grouped into seven types by cluster analysis. The personal data were found to fit the image clusters closely: for example, images with little form and much narration were produced by people with strong compensatory longings, while dense, collaged images were made by participants who exercised relentless control over one major issue in their life. Other individuals had a strong need to integrate their lives and produced well-formed, well-composed images. As expected, no single motive explained all artistic activity - but the style of the images, such as their inhibited formality, abstractness, or fluid boldness, reflected what could he called the map of each participant's interpersonal world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306474088
Publisher:
Springer US
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Series:
The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging
Edition description:
2003
Pages:
217
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Art, the Body, and Relationships1
1Artists and Their Biographies7
2Image Makers and Their Purposes: Our Methods17
3First Cluster: Narrative Informality and Compensatory Longings29
4Second Cluster: Inhibited, Disconnected Forms and Downcast, Angry Lives49
5Third Cluster: Bold, Flowing Process and the Direct Expression of Emotion75
6Fourth Cluster: Dense Paintings and Relentless Control99
7Fifth Cluster: Imposed Order, Inhibition, and the Acceptance of Parental Standards117
8Sixth Cluster: Consistent Style and the Need to Integrate141
9Seventh Cluster: Abstraction, Avoidance, and the Search for Firm Boundaries159
10Art Making, Maps of Interpersonal Space, and the World of Art179
App. APsychological Analysis of the Clusters: A Partial Replication193
App. B: Interview Forms and Statistical Tables201
References213
Index215

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