Being fascinated with the subconscious and the art associated with it, starting with the Surrealists (see Max Ernst) and earlier post: ‘Altered book page 10 Freefalling Snake in the Grass’ and ‘Altered art book page 4 A Qustion of Life and Death’ you will see what I mean. Artist have used many different means to tap the subconscious. Methods of producing paintings and drawings, writings and other works where the artist supresses conscious control over the movement of the hand, allowing the subconscious mind to take over is called automatism.
Automatism in its fully developed form is a 20th Century phenomenon. The Dadaists made use of the basic idea, though they were more interested in chance effects than automatism as such. For example, Dali after working in a variety of styles influenced by Cubism, Futurism and Metaphysical painting, turned to Surrealsm in 1929 and never looked back. He transformed automatism into a more positive method which he called ‘Critical Paranoia’, eleaborating on images in his dreams and fantasies and merging them with the natural world.
There are many paths into the subconscious though…….
To be continued