“In my case Pilgrim’s Progress consisted in my having to climb down a thousand ladders until I could reach out my hand to the little clod of earth that I am.”
I’ve referenced Jung’s archetypes in my paintings for years. The idea of the ladder as a tool for ascension has always fascinated me, or in Jung’s quote climbing down into our basic element.
Recently a friend asked me why all the fences in my work?
A fence is just a ladder on its side.
The fence moves horizontally and is a ladder at rest.
Like most of us, our ascension is not so up and down but back and forth, rolling like fences through the hills.