Size: 21"W x 25"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
The work "Animas" comes from the Latin word for mind/soul. Carl Jung appropriated the term when he developed his theory of archetypes and used it to refer to the feminine aspect of a man's personality that looks inward into the psyche and communicates with the subconscious. In "Animas Sandwich Soars" this Archetype gazes outward from the painting and sees the viewers as representatives of the collective unconscious and waits for them to inform her, to bring meaning to the viewing experience. She sits to the right of the mouth of a man who is pushing the last bite of a sandwich through his teeth with one hand while pinching off his nose with the other hand. Birds begin to form to the right of the Anima like kernels of thought, or memes, and soar up and over the man's eye, poised to exit the painting into the world.
Richard Longhi has been making art in Chicago since 1983. He studied Fine Art at the U of I, Chicago and Writing and Philosophy at the U of Mo, Columbia. He is an intrepid explorer and is particularly interested in the art of ancient cultures. He has traveled extensively in Europe, Mexico, Central America and South America, Native American Hopi and Navajo lands and First Nations lands in Canada. His early work was mostly oil paint on canvas but in 1989 he began to experiment with fresco and secco techniques. He also toyed with alternative photographic transfer techniques. His imagery is informed by Jungian Psychology of Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious. He is influenced by explorations in archeology, philosophy and physics, studying Fractals, Strange Attractors, String, Chaos and Emergence theories. Early imagery continues to appear in his most current work. Richard has been in numerous one-man shows and exhibits. His work is in both private and corporate collections.