“Understanding the Internal World of the Artist through Self-Portraiture”
Presenter: Susan Radant, Ph.D.
In this presentation, I will discuss how we can use psychoanalytic theory and concepts to understand the internal world of the artist, particularly through self-portraits. The first part of my presentation will focus on how art, self-portraiture, and psychoanalysis intersect. Then, looking at some of Vincent Van Gogh’s self-portraits, we will discuss our reactions to the paintings and how they inform us about Van Gogh’s state of mind.
Sue Radant, Ph.D. is a Training and Consulting Psychoanalyst and the Director of the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (SPSI). She treats adults, adolescents and children in her private practice on Queen Anne Hill. Dr. Radant is also an amateur artist.
“Creativity’s Ancient Roots: What our brains have that Neanderthals didn’t“
Discussant: Ronald Levin, M.D.
Ronald Levin, M.D. is a psychoanalyst with interests in evolution, neuroscience, and clinical psychoanalytic process. He is a Training and Consulting Analyst and a past director of SPSI.