“In analytical psychology, the shadow is either an unconscious aspect of the personality that the conscious ego does not identify in itself, or the entirety of the unconscious; that is, everything of which a person is not fully conscious. In short, the shadow is the unknown side.” In this new body of work, I am working in layering images offset from each other on plexiglass and inkjet to represent the idea of a shadow self, an idea the psychiatrist Carl Jung spoke about. The plexi layered over the inkjet print creates a slight distance to express the idea of a detachment from the two or three images, representing the shadow or hidden part of oneself. Not only does the distance create an actual shadow, it is a repeat image of itself suggesting the layering and complicated make up of ourselves.
Installation Photography by Jeff McLane