“I use the term “individuation” to denote the process by which a person becomes a psychological “in-dividual”, that is, a separate, indivisible unity or whole”.

Carl Jung, 1939

For C. Jung, individuation involves a connection between opposites that complement each other: conscious and unconscious. They are not separate, but two aspects of a single system. When the unconscious is brought into consciousness it is assimilated by the whole personality, developing the individual’s psyche and differentiating him from others.

This body of work introduces a perceptual perspective towards individuation.

There are two types of aesthetic appreciation: one is inherited, the other one is acquired. The first comes from our collective unconscious: for instance, we can appreciate a rainbow because the human being has been learning to do so for a million years, it’s an instinct. The second type is conscious and comes from education (and therefore limited to a few). It is the appreciation of the science of beauty, of the beauty of science: how the ray of light splits in 7 colors.


This project is part of a collaboration with Berta de la Rosa and Samin Ahmadzadeh, who explore the concept of individuation from different perspectives. Information, sketches and more: http://polaris-exhibition.tumblr.com/


Enma Vázquez Costa -