Amy Johnson

Her Secret Life
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I used to say my work was about self-portraiture through personal history/narrative and the commodification and dispersal of that narrative. And, in many ways, that remains true. But beyond that my pieces are about the conflict between our two halves identified by Carl Jung as ego and shadow.

My pieces are about owning rather than projecting that shadow—that just as there exists no day without night neither can we be whole without acknowledging and owning our shadow selves. These works are about the ritual ownership qualities of story, its ability to heal, to deconstruct and reconstruct meaning in the telling, the listening, the retelling, and story’s power to alter our perception of reality and therefore reality since all we have is perception.

© Amy Johnson