JCF Mythological Roundtable®: The Archetypal Artist


Friday, April 8, 2016
Sun, 06/12/2016 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

The Joseph Campbell Foundation Mythological Roundtable® of Ojai is excited to announce an evening with Mary Antonia Wood, Ph.D. on The Archetypal Artist: Creating at the Crossroads of Fate and Free Will.

This presentation will focus on Wood’s multi-disciplinary research and teaching on the forces that direct creativity and artistic expression.  Highlighted in the talk will be an exploration of the workings of “fate” and “free will” in the lives and work of artists and creators of all types. Incorporating insights from world mythologies, philosophy, depth and archetypal psychologies, and from artists themselves, Wood will demonstrate the vital importance of re-visioning what it means to be an artist in our contemporary world—a world so often dominated by marketplace concerns and the illusion of “control.”

Wood’s influences include the work of C.G. Jung, James Hillman, Lewis Hyde, Herbert Read, Camille Paglia, Sam Harris and Joseph Campbell, among many others. It was Campbell (quoting his wife, the dancer Jean Erdman) who stated: “The way of the mystic and the way of the artist are very much alike, except the mystic does not have a craft.” Notions of the artist as an exceptional and multi-dimensional figure (mystic, shaman, prophet, seer, healer, priestess/priest and philosopher) have roots in both mythic/imaginal and historical approaches to understanding the role of the artist.  A revitalization of these insights holds tremendous value for today’s artists and for our culture as a whole.

This talk will be of interest to artists and creators from all disciplines along with cultural professionals, arts educators, students, mythology fans and anyone drawn to a deeper understanding of the wondrous, and equally challenging call to create.


This event is by donation ($5-$20 suggested) in The Ojai Foundation Council House. 

Contact ojaimyth@gmail.com with any questions.

Mary Antonia Wood is a visual artist, contemporary mythologist, and artist’s mentor. She is the founder of Talisman Creative Mentoring, a practice devoted to supporting the efforts of artists of all types—whether full-time or part-time creators. Through one-to-one creative session, workshops and online courses, Wood shares powerful and timeless insights from depth and archetypal psychologies, mythology and philosophy—all aimed at understanding and strengthening the call to create.  Wood has been a visual artist for over twenty years working primarily in mixed media, drawing and collage. She obtained her Ph.D. in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and resides in Santa Barbara, C.A. In addition to her mentoring practice and studio activities, Wood is currently writing a book entitled, The Archetypal Artist: Understanding Your Call to Create.