The Shadow (ongoing)

“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