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

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Overview

The role of painting as at least a partial 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 Mondrian. These differences have not been looked at in a controlled setting, however. 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 their inhibitions. Their image making was followed in detail and their personalities were 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 with little form and much narration 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 produce 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 be called the map of each participant's interpersonal world.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Art, the Body, and Relationships 1
1 Artists and Their Biographies 7
2 Image Makers and Their Purposes: Our Methods 17
3 First Cluster: Narrative Informality and Compensatory Longings 29
4 Second Cluster: Inhibited, Disconnected Forms and Downcast, Angry Lives 49
5 Third Cluster: Bold, Flowing Process and the Direct Expression of Emotion 75
6 Fourth Cluster: Dense Paintings and Relentless Control 99
7 Fifth Cluster: Imposed Order, Inhibition, and the Acceptance of Parental Standards 117
8 Sixth Cluster: Consistent Style and the Need to Integrate 141
9 Seventh Cluster: Abstraction, Avoidance, and the Search for Firm Boundaries 159
10 Art Making, Maps of Interpersonal Space, and the World of Art 179
App. A Psychological Analysis of the Clusters: A Partial Replication 193
App. B: Interview Forms and Statistical Tables 201
References 213
Index 215
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