'Spiritual Body and Celestial Earth': The Symbolism of the Centre and the Work of the Artist

Subject: Lectures
Dates: 21 February 2018
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Location: The Prince's School of Traditional Arts
Tutor: Dr Emily Pott
Full price
£ 7
Student concession
£ 5
OAP concession
£ 5

Many myths that describe the creation speak of the separation of a primordial unity into two parts; an upper and a lower or a golden sky and a silver earth. This lecture will begin from the premise that the creative act of the artist can potentially move beyond these polarities.

It will be an exploration of the 'space' that may appear in an act of creativity which allows a moment when polarities shift or a 'double vision' where the tension between them is alleviated.

Drawing on alchemical 'thinking' as conceived by such authors and alchemists as James Hillman and Robert Bosnak, as well as on the work of Mircea Eliade and Henry Corbin, the relationship between material, image, and creativity will be discussed in an attempt to rethink materialism and to remember spiritual matter and celestial earth.

Tutor biography

Dr Emily Pott

Dr Pott received her PhD in the Traditional Arts from the Prince's School in 2007. Her research focused on the original architectural form and decoration of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem and the early development of Islamic art in relation to exegesis of the Quran and Hadith and research into early Christian, Jewish and Sassanid texts and images. She is currently the Director of Research Programmes at the Prince's School of Traditional Arts, where she has worked supervising research students since 2007. She is also a founding member of the Oxford Geometry Society with an interest in the relationship between art, creativity, imagination, and spirituality and the reclamation and continuity of the traditional arts.