Exploring the Connection between Dreams and Art
When: Presentation and Workshop TBA
Where: Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
Cost: Presentation - free
Workshop - $40
A profound one-day workshop on the connection between art, dreams, and spiritual transformation will take place this summer in Hartford, CT. Artist and student of the dream, Cat Balco, is teaming up to lead the workshop with Karla Van Vliet, artist and teacher of Art and the Practice of Presence and master Archetypal Dreamwork analyst trained at the North of Eden Center for Archetypal Dreamwork. A presentation on Archetypal Dreamwork will take place the preceding evening with Sue Scavo, master Archetypal Dreamwork analyst and teacher.
Balco is drawn to the process of making art as a way to be in conversation with the unconscious. "Creating art is like dreaming," says Cat. "You never get to see very far ahead. It leads you down a path...and you go there."
Formally trained as an artist, Cat felt she had "lost her way" with her art, until she met up with the creator of Archetypal Dreamwork, analyst Marc Bregman. Through her work with him, she came full circle back to her calling as an artist-in a rather specific way.
Cat has always also been drawn to healthcare and to the experience of dying-both physically and spiritually (as in Carl Jung's concept of 'dying to self" where we shed that part of ourselves which does not serve our soul's emergence). As a graduate student at Yale University, she created a program that combined art and health care. More recently, Cat has been specifically interested in bringing art to hospice patients.There is so much vulnerability in illness," explains Cat. "Many people who know they are close to the end of their lives seem to have great clarity and focus on what's important. There is no place for the superficial. It's like being in a dream retreat-completely authentic. I wanted to bring art into the end-of-life experience in an open way, because art is a kind of door through which we can view ourselves."
The Dreams and Art workshop and presentation are part of The Ellipses Project, which was created by Balco and is funded by a number of contributors including the Connecticut Office of the Arts and the University of Hartford, where she teaches painting and drawing to college and graduate-level students.
The project began with an internship program developed by Balco to bring her art students at the University of Hartford into this world of people who are facing into the end of their lives. One aspect of the project is a video/art piece that documents the experience these young people had bringing art into hospice while confronting their own concepts of death, and their feelings about what may lay beyond. (Click here to view video.)
Another aspect of the project is an abstract mural Cat created that depicts her vision of the unknown borderland between life and death. The mural is on view at the Real Art Ways gallery space in Hartford, CT where the Dreams and Art workshop will take place.
Cat's art comes out of her experience with the dreamwork. The Dreams and Art workshop is the result of her desire to bring Archetypal Dreamwork into The Ellipses project in a more active way. She and Van Vliet have similar approaches to the making and teaching of art. This workshop presents a unique opportunity to work with two artists who use their dreams and their art as a portal into the unconscious, and who draw on the deep rich well of their inner life to create works of art.
Space for the Dreams and Art workshop is limited. To register, contact click here.