Following from her London launch at the Institute of Advanced Studies, artist and psychotherapist Patricia Townsend visits The Studio Morland to celebrate the release of Creative States of Mind: Psychoanalysis & The Artist's Process (2019).
The author interviewed 33 artists about their experiences of making new artworks and her book draws on these interviews, and on her own art practice, to take the reader inside the creative process. Starting from artists’ own descriptions, she uses psychoanalytic theory, particularly the work of Donald Winnicott, Marion Milner and Christopher Bollas, to shed light on such questions as where new ideas come from and the states of mind of artists as they work.
Patricia will introduce themes and topics from the book followed by a Q&A session.
Signed copies will be available for sale on the night.
Patricia Townsend is an artist and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. As an artist, she works with video, photography and installation. Her solo exhibition ‘Black Sun/Blue Light’ was recently shown at Brantwood, Ruskin’s former home in Coniston. She was formerly consultant psychotherapist at St George’s Hospital Eating Disorders Service, London.
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Creative States of Mind: Psychoanalysis and the Artist’s Process fills an important gap in the psychoanalytic theory of art by offering an account of the full trajectory of the artist’s process based on the evidence of artists themselves. It will be useful to artists who want to understand more about their own processes, to psychoanalysts and psychotherapists in their clinical work, and to anyone who studies the creative process.