The Archetypal Artist, a collection of essays on the life and art of
F.N. Souza, invites readers to the collective unconscious party; a
high voltage zone consisting of stark art images and commentary.
Be prepared to be shocked, bewildered, and amazed. Beware—
since most of Souza’s art images overlap with your personal
unconscious, you will be triggered. Everything you have repressed
and rejected will stare back at you in full glory. As the shadows and
multivalent archetypes come alive and begin dancing, be strong to
hold aloft the light of your own consciousness. This is what Souza
did when confronted by the collective unconscious. He began
mining images from it, giving them form on his canvas, culminating
in a journey towards individuation and wholesomeness.
This collection of 21 essays combining research in art history,
Eastern–Western philosophy, classical literature, Jungian analysis,
psychology, anthropology, religion and theatre began as a personal
quest by the author to seek answers to cultural constructs of life,
body and sexuality. The conditioned and structured lives of men
and women in society troubled her. Authoritarian narratives from
religion and state thwarted attempts to attain autonomy at every
step. The path to spiritual enlightenment was strewn with doubts
and finding a synthesis of East and West was challenging. The tryst
with Souza’s art began with questions, but the very first interlude
was cathartic. Embark on a subjective journey into the world
of F.N. Souza.