“The persona is a mask for the collective psyche. A mask that pretends individuality so that both the self and others believe in that identity although it is really no more than a well played role in which the collective psyche is expressed.
It is a complicated system which mediates between individual consciousness and social community.
IT is a compromise between the individual and society as to what a man is supposed to be.
A theater made to make a certain impression on others and to hide part of the nature of the individual.”
“The persona can be understood as the personality we choose over the personality with which we are born. The persona is an expression not necessarily of our true selves, but of our egos: how we wish to see ourselves and for others to see us, as opposed to who we truly and wholly are. As Jung pointed out, to have a persona is not the problem. We all need a persona, as we all need an ego. But the trouble begins when we become overidentified with the persona or ego, believing that these artificial creations totally define our identity.”
A few days ago I had the opportunity to see the Louise Bourgeois exhibition “Structures of existence-The cells”.
I have admired her for as long as I can remember, seen documentaries, read and tried to understand all the little details of art as psychoanalysis, the volume of her work it is impressive and seeing it in person has been truly a wonderful experience I am quite grateful for.
This is the only photo I took, honestly I do respect the rules of not photographing but I was also too busy taking it all in.
Still here are a few photos I found online of what I saw inside:
The cells represent different types of pain.
What touched me the most is that as you walk through the cells, it’s like walking into someone’s dreams, it’s so intimate,you can feel the fear, the anxiety the slow growth and coming to terms with things and to finally reach acceptance and forgiveness.