Two stars are juxtaposed.
On one star, life is valued, beauty is appreciated, reason is respected, humane
traditions are cultivated, love and happiness are experienced and peace prevails.
On the other, jealousy, hatred and despair are cultivated, wars are waged
incessantly, battlefield murder is officially condoned, the countryside is left strewn with unattended cadavers and fear prevails.
Strange News from Another Star is a visual representation of the two stages of spiritual alchemy that psychologist Carl Jung appropriated as a framework to explain how the psyche overcomes trauma. His belief was that through the process of individuation, his patients could overcome their pain and depression. German author Hermann Hesse, inspired by Jung's findings, wrote the short story Strange News from Another Star as a narrative interpretation of this process.
This project is a visual representation of Hesse's story which includes a dark star representing the darkest parts of our subconscious selves and a white star representing our transformation in overcoming our darkest fears.