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Michael Coakes


Michael Coakes

Psyche: a word of Greek origin, etymologically means "breath of life", in other words, animating the body.

Psyche was also the name of the Greek character so beautiful the envious Venus asked her son Eros to use his arrows to cast a spell on Psyche; instead he falls in love with her.

In psychoanalysis the word, borrowed from the ancient Greeks, refers to the concept of the self, encompassing the modern ideas of soul, self, and mind. The Greeks believed that the soul or "psyche" was responsible for behavior.

With "Illusions of Psyche" I've brought these definitions together using forms evoking Rorschach’s inkblots, which were controversially used in psychoanalytical studies, with goddess-like images emerging as if life has been breathed into them from the inky forms.

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Michael Coakes - Illusion
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