Mary Sewell is a visual artist working from her studio at Portland Works a former cutlery factory in Sheffield http://www.portlandworks.co.uk/makers/mary-sewell.
Her practice is an organic and open work structure where she uses painting, collage, text from poems she has written and found objects to experiment with processes and ideas. She is interested in what is hidden, invisible or yet unformed and the relationship between that inner and the outer space. Her practice is an exploration into the creative potential of the unconscious mind, where she aims to connect and reveal something of what is beneath the skin.
‘ I believe within, our unconscious presides in another world; a world which exists in tandem with everyday life.
We think we enter this world when we are born, but whose world do we enter? Is my world your world or does ‘the world’ collectively consist of millions of individual minds or worlds?
Instinctively we think; we cannot help it, it is the nature of mind. The thoughts we have form our world, they come and go weaving stories around our lives and the experiences we have.
Our mind is busy colliding and meeting in places in spaces we go;
merging, clashing and constant,
pulling and vying for attention
intensifying on mass,
to be seen, to not be seen,
to be heard, to not be heard.
This place is full, like stars in a universe
bursting at the seams with thoughts from the uncontained.
flying boundlessly, bouncing off walls
and hearts alike
sleepy words rise and emerge from the deep which shatter the armour of our best manners.
Carl Jung describes the collective unconscious as “structures of the unconscious mind which are shared among beings”. According to Jung, “the human collective unconscious is populated by instincts and by archetypes”