THE ROYAL ROAD TO THE UNCONSCIOUS
October 22, 2009 - January 22, 2010
Haven Art Gallery
239 East 121st Street
New York, NY 10035
Sigmund Freud once described dreams as the "royal road to the unconscious." With this as a starting point, the Odyssey House Art Project began work on their fifth exhibition, using the creative process to access the deepest recesses of the mind. The end result is a series of artworks inspired by dreams, myths, archetypes, and surrealist theory. The Royal Road to the Unconscious features paintings, sculpture, drawings and multimedia works from artists in several different programs, including adolescents, senior citizens and residents in mental health housing.
Odyssey House has an active and vibrant expressive arts program. Creating art helps residents find new ways to access feelings and a new medium to express these feelings. Many residents, who were socially and culturally isolated by their addiction and mental illness, are encouraged to become engaged in the creative process. For residents in recovery at Odyssey House, developing positive socialization and personal interactions are integral to their continued growth.