Medium: stoneware clay, multiple glazes, acrylics & gold luster on wood base
Size: life sized, about: 15” tall x 12.5” wide x 9” deep
Wise Old Man,just as all Archetypes, have a bright positive side that points upward so also a side that points downward; partly negative and unfavorable, partly chthonic, but for the rest merely neutral.In our culture, ancient as well as modern, we find Archetypes representative of Myrddin; such as Wotan the God of Germanic Mythology, Osiris of Egyptian Mythology as well as Darth Vader from Star Wars as well as Nietzsche’s Zarathustra.For C.G. Jung Wise OldMan was Philemon
Wise Old Man contains within it the seed of an enantiodromia, of a conversion in to its opposite. What is of personal interest to me in most of the Archetypes is that Evil can be used to do Good ,but of greatest delight and hope to me is that Evil itself can convert spontaneously to Good
All of the Archetypes, and thus The Wise Old Man, can be as guides within us, if through the individuation process we shed light on them and bring them to our conscious mind.
It is our collective purpose to become more of what we have the potential to be, and thus the Archetypes are much like traveling companions in our individuation process.