A Symbolical Journey

Wilna’s symbolical journey within the Jungian framework portrays inner images as active imagination and art, through the medium of oil and also in writing.

She views the creative space as the sacred space between psyche and reality. And the canvas became a living mirror, relaying meaningful truth in this symbolical journey.

How it happened…

What started as playful creative experimentation with the psyche eventually culminated in the exhibition at the Irma Stern Museum. The books, The Old Woman and the Moon and Die Zebravis, were published simultaneously. And this in turn developed into the workshop, Creativity and the Inner Other. In this workshop Wilna shares with others this process of relating with the inner world through creative work of all kinds. For more information on the workshop, please visit Wilna van der Walt Practice.


The Jung Foundation of New York published an article about my approach to creativity and some of my works in their recent issue. Artworks are portrayed between other articles in the journal right through the book.

Irma Stern Museum Exhibition

The 2016 exhibition at the Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town, included work spanning 25 years of inner life in image, and was opened by Amanda Botha, Capetonian art journalist and writer. The exhibition coincided with the annual Africa Day celebrations at the University of Cape Town.

Carl Jung says in Memories, Dreams, Reflections p.340:

The need for mythic statements is satisfied when we frame a view of the world which adequately explains the meaning of human existence in the cosmos, a view which springs from our psychic wholeness, from the co-operation between conscious and unconscious. Meaninglessness inhibits fullness of life and is therefore equivalent to illness. Meaning makes a great many things endurable – perhaps everything.