Squiggling: Art & Psychoanalysis
'Squiggling' explores the implications for talking cure psychoanalysis of insights from the visual arts, specifically (a) Impressionism as developed by the psychoanalyst, Wilfred Bion, (b) Post-Impressionism as developed by the phenomenologist, Merleau-Ponty, and (c) Surrealism as developed in terms of psychic automatism and paranoia-criticism by Andre Breton and Salvador Dali respectively. 'Squiggling' brings these insights together in terms of the squiggle game in which players take turns completing each other's personal and idiosyncratic doodles or squiggles into interpretative meaning.
Keywords: Visual arts, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Surrealism, Psychoanalysis, Squiggles, Doodling
Prof. Janet Sayers
Professor of Psychoanalytic Psychology, School of Social Policy, Sociology, & Social Research, University of Kent