"Originality, if there can ever be any such thing, will inevitably entail a quantity of borrowing, conscious and otherwise. The paradoxes pile up as thick as the debris of history — unsurprisingly, since that debris is our reality." – The Fiction of Memory," NYT 3/14/10.
That raises the question: Do artists and philosophers actually create anything new or do they merely discover, over and over again, the same thing? And do these "creations" represent images from our external environment or do they emanate from our inner world: archetypes of our unconscious?
|The Thinker by Auguste Rodin cc 1904|
Jungian psychology, however, would say the opposite: that the symbolic thinker is an archetype each of us carries within us in our collective unconscious. If the Jungians are correct, we would expect to see The Thinker archetype manifest itself through individual artists in other civilizations.
While visiting the Portland Art Musuem September 6th, I found a case in point from 1100-500 BCE.
|Perforator, Mexico, Olmec: ca. 1100-500 BCE|