“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” C. G. Jung.
That quote was the inspiration for artist Lindsay Peyton’s upcoming exhibit entitled “Unconscious Conscious.” Her large oil paintings of interior spaces – which the artist says depict “places that provide us sanctuary and refuge” -- will be on display fromthrough the end of the month.
An opening reception is slated for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Jung Center of Houston, 5200 Montrose Blvd. in the heart of the Houston Museum District.
“I started reading Jung while I was in college, and his philosophies blew me away,” Peyton said. “I’m completely honored to have a show in a space dedicated to such a brilliant mind.”
She explained that painting is her method for delving into her own subconscious.
“Painting is an emotional process for me,” she said. “I like to create a space where I can explore my own memories and feelings – and I hope that viewers will get a sense of that when they look at the work. If a painting is successful, then hopefully it will stir emotions in others – and give them a chance to ponder their own ideas and thoughts.”
Peyton’s interiors use the visible to communicate underlying energies, things hidden beneath the surface. Her stylized depiction of physical space evokes internal realities.
“I like to think a room can hold the energy of something that transpired there – whether it was a dramatic fight or falling in love,” Peyton said. “I want my rooms to have a sense of motion – and to tell a story visually.”
“Unconscious, Conscious” will feature Peyton’s newest works – most shown publicly for the first time.
The artist hopes others will enjoy exploring the spaces in her paintings, wondering what secret they hold and perhaps imagining their own inner worlds.
“I hope to create spaces that are energetic and alive, so that viewers will feel like they can walk into the painted rooms to think – and to react to what they find inside,” Peyton said. “Looking at art is always an opportunity to look inside ourselves. Jung said exploring the subconscious was not only important to understanding identity – but equally essential to living authentically and then together build a better society.”
An oil painter who maintains studios in both Seattle and Houston, Peyton has exhibited in a number of galleries and exhibition spaces. She has been selected for artist residencies in Kentucky, Nebraska and Washington.
Peyton is a photojournalism major from the University of Texas at Austin – and she enjoys telling stories and exploring memory and emotion in whatever medium suits the subject best, whether photography, painting, drawing or writing.
The Jung Center has served as a nonprofit in Houston for over 50 years, helping provide pathways for discovering greater meaning in everyday life.
The center’s mission is to facilitate conversations on a diverse range of psychological, artistic and spiritual topics to encourage the development of greater self-awareness, creative expression and psychological insight for individuals and the community.