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The Freudian Sheep Gallery by Larainjp
The Freudian Sheep Gallery
I will be exhibiting throughout September at The Freudian Sheep Gallery in Ipswich UK.  Please come along to the opening event on the 5th as per the details on the flyer.  There will be live music and plenty of wonderful art to look at.  If you can't make the opening event it's a great gallery to sit and have coffee.  The owners are great people who you can have a really good chat with.  
Flyer by Larainjp
I have an Open Studio on the dates on the flyer if you happen to live close enough, please come and have a look, everyone is welcome.  You may also call for an appointment to visit my studio at any time. 
From the outside by Larainjp
From the outside
This isn't quite completed, but there isn't a great deal more to do. I might work on this theme a little more.  It's about feeling excluded, being on the outside looking in, feeling incredibly lonely through one's own thoughts and reflections.  This feeling often accompanies mental illness. Disassociation and depersonalisation also create even more intense feelings, for me as though I do not even belong in this world.
Past Loves by Larainjp
Past Loves
Using interference paints again. The last abstract expressionistic paintings for now.  I do intend to do more and see where it takes me.  
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: nothing
  • Reading: nothing
  • Watching: nothing
  • Playing: nothing
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: nothing
I am currently a practicing artist living in Dovercourt.  I previously taught in London and was a self employed supply teacher locally, mainly teaching at the Harwich School.  I studied Fine Art at Camberwell and Education, Art and Design at Goldsmiths in London.  I also studied Computer Aided Visualisation at the Anglia Polytechnic University and Art Therapy at the Institute for Art in Therapy and Education.   Unable to work outside of the home due to disablility both mental and physical, I now focus on my multi-disciplinary art practice full time.

My work has always been inspired by Carl Jung and exploring my own unconscious. Through assemblage and installation I have recently discovered I can work as a sandplay therapist would work but on a larger scale. To explain how Sandplay works, briefly I have copied the following from the internet:-

'Sandplay is a process of creative expression using trays of sand and miniature objects to create the many worlds of your inner reality. The sandtray act as mirrors in which you can see and heal the burdens, issues and conflicts of your inner life, connect to the longings of your soul, and see the beauty and power of your true self.
Sandplay therapy is a recognized therapeutic modality for both children and adults, based on the psychology of C.G. Jung and developed by the Swiss psychotherapist and teacher Dora Kalff. It is particularly useful for identifying and reconciling internal conflicts that manifest as anxiety and depression, as well as penetrating the depths of personality to experience the Self directly.
Clients place miniature figurines in a small sandbox to express confusing feelings and inner experiences. This creates a visual representation of the psyche’s contents and reveals unconscious concerns that are inaccessible any other way. As materials contained in the unconscious emerges visually and symbolically, it is integrated into a person’s sense of self and can be activated to elicit behavioral change. The effectiveness of sandplay therapy comes with an understanding of Jungian psychology, as well as the archetypal and personal symbolism that appear in the sand. Knowledge of symbolic language creates a foundation not only for sandplay therapy, but also for dream analysis and all non-verbal therapies involving art and play. It provides a way for material from the unconscious to become visible, healed, and integrated into the consciousness, thus allowing life to be lived in a more conscious and authentic way.'

My interest in Carl Jung and my training in Art Psychotherapy has given me an understanding that enables me to use art to gain access to my unconscious. As in the last paragraph I wish to live life in a more conscious and authentic way, as well as producing meaningful and evocative work. In my work I play both therapist and client. I am very much an introvert but my interest in understanding my psyche I hope will lead to an understanding of others. It is a spiritual journey that I believe Carl Jung ventured on in a similar way. In the first paragraph regarding sandplay the author writes of connecting to our soul and seeing the beauty and power of your true self. I believe I am in search of this through my art. This is within each individual and if I can find it, I can share it. When I view other artists' work I can often sense how powerful and soulful it is.

Marcel Duchamp and also Joseph Cornell have lately inspired my work. I think this is apparent in my 'assemblage work'. Joseph Cornell used many boxes, with which I am also fascinated with, my box collection is growing rapidly. Like Duchamp I often wish to work on a larger scale. Unfortunately, practical issues dictate what I can produce but recently I have found that disassembled furniture is suiting my purposes, as in a dolls house made from a bureau that I am currently working on. I collect different pieces that I may find anywhere, from, the beach to antique shops. Chosen items are place into the house in a particular place. These items will be rearranged once I have disassembled my installation. The dolls house will be photographed daily as a journal and record of my mood changes. As well as life events affecting my moods. I also suffer from bi-polar disorder and hope that this will prove to be an informative and therapeutic piece of work. Books will be created using the photos but as yet am not sure what length the books will be or how many of them. The changes may sometimes be more substantial as with a full scale house ie. interior or exterior decorating or architectural modifications.

At present within my installation is a collection of items where the viewers are invited to take some items and place them in the dolls house, remove others and rearrange it if they choose to. This may be a more powerful act than anticipated by the viewers I love the idea of interactive art and encourage people to touch and explore my art rather than just look at it.

I am also working on an assemblage piece using old family photographs. The starting point was an altered book but has grown using many items. The piece is colour gold. There is also a memorial in my garden that I created for my grandson who died recently. It also contains family photos that are to lend a sense of belonging. Perhaps this is also why I have created a similar piece for myself.

This is where my art is at currently but it does change frequently. I love to explore different mediums on a regular basis and describe myself as an experimental artist. I work mainly in an intuitive way as obviously planning excessively can interrupt my thoughts and be at odds with my intention of working with my unconscious.

I believe art is all about 'Speaking to the soul' and if I can do that just a little then I have succeeded in some way.


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Larain Briggs
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United Kingdom

I'm very interested in investigating the unconscious through my art. I like to study Carl Jung and love his writings, thoughts and philosophies on the psyche, particularly 'Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious'. Very often archetypal images appear in my work and fantasy is a style I enjoy. I love to experiment in many other ways with mediums, genre and styles. My work intends to tap into the psyche and resonate with the unconscious mind of the viewer.

I started studying psychology a long time ago and when I was a Special Needs teacher I studied Art Therapy and Psychotherapy at the Institute for Art in Therapy in Education. It was quite an experience especially as a great deal of it was studying my own psyche intently, I learnt so much about myself which led to a greater understanding of others and how our minds and emotions work.

At present I have retired from working as a teacher due to ill health. I have been painting since a child, I think my first oil paint set was a birthday present at age 10. At the age of 26 after the clubbing, partying years, I finally reached art college and took my foundation at Maidstone college of art. In 1987 I started a fine art degree at Camberwell Art college and after getting married and having a child started a Post Graduate Course in Education teaching Art and Design in Secondary School which I completed in 1994 at Goldsmiths College in London. I more recently studied on a BSc degree in Computer Aided Visualisation using various media and programs including, 3D Studio Max, Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator etc etc. Due to my health I am mostly at home and now have a chance to spend my time painting and creating art work. I also enjoy collecting antiques. Many of my canvasses are off their stretchers and are at the back of the loft behind the antiques, 'I'm a hopeless hoarder'! I've been doing more traditional work recently. However, I want to also experiment and exhibit all my work on here. This site is very inspiring, the amount of hugely talented people is breathtaking. It will take a while to get my work up but no hurry. I hope that some will enjoy my work and be inspired by it as I am from others. I would appreciate any comments or positive criticism.

Current Residence: Dovercourt
Favourite genre of music: 60's Joni Mitchell, + Classical
Favourite photographer: Diana Thorneycroft
Favourite style of art: Surreal/Conceptual
Operating System: Windows 8
MP3 player of choice: Samsung Galaxy S3

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Meltin Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi Larain!!! :hug:
Larainjp Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi :D :hug:
Meltin Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How does this day find you, m'dear?:)
Larainjp Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I missed you again.  I'm OK, just finished a new painting.  I have to drop off a painting for an exhibition today and have Open Studios tomorrow so needed a new painting to replace the one I'm dropping off.  I feel tired.  Working too hard I think.  How are you?  :D  Have missed you :hug:
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martaraff Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015

Thank you*

Ragnar949 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015  Professional General Artist
many, many thanks....
VoltaOmova Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Student General Artist
thank you so much ,im jumping of happyness right now :3
Larainjp Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome :D
Ahjotuli Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you so so much for everything you kindhearted lovely individual! :D You truly made me happy!
SenhArt Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015
Snoopy Dance Plz   Thank you kindly, Larain!!!
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