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 as a living mirror, relaying meaningful truth.  

Creativity and the Inner Other, a Workshop

20 – 22 July 2018

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Creative work can be an indispensable tool in the process of individuation. The aim of this workshop is to provide a safe space in which to explore our creativity and our relationship to that aspect of the inner Other. The workshop will provide many opportunities for practical work as well as discussions of key aspects of this symbolical creative process.

Venue: 87 Main rd, Rosebank, Cape Town

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Solstice Exhibition at The Cape Gallery (Link)

Surface and Interface

18 June – 21 July 2018

The 2016 exhibition at the UCT Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town

This exhibition included work spanning 25 years of inner life in image. The exhibition was opened by Amanda Botha, Capetonian art journalist and writer. It also coincided with the Africa Day celebrations held annually by 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.


Symbolism and consciousness in art

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About the artist

The artist entered the world of art through an unusual experiment with creative play in an attempt to discover the ‘inner other’, treating the canvas consciously as a mirror.

In those early years she had no guidance, but insisted instead on keeping this sacred space free of external influences. This in-between space, the space between heaven and earth, the space visited by shaman and artist alike since the dawn of the human race, is the cradle of all creativity. No serious artwork can be produced without engagement with the sacred side of being, or without a personal struggle with one’s own demons. A new way of viewing art is also suggested in that an artist may become a mouthpiece for that deeper part of the psyche, and so make a meaningful contribution to consciousness.


2016: The old woman and the moon, Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town

2017: Dream now, dream not,  group exhibition The Cape Gallery

2018: Stories of a life, Breytenbach Centre, Wellington

2018: Surface and Interface, group exhibition, The Cape Gallery: 18 June – 21 July

In the news

A bird’s eye-view of South African art, DeKat May/June 2016, p. 39
Amanda Botha at the Irma Stern Museum.

In Wilna van der Walt’s work she gives expression to the inner consciousness of healing powers that find expression in the creative fervency. Here it has to do with the activation of the practice of art to stimulate the subconscious to find expression in an image and a striving for purification.

The exhibition, The old woman and the Moon, in the Irma Stern Museum in Rosebank, Cape Town, represents the symbolic journey of the artist, which takes her along uncharted paths within the Jungian context. She opens herself to tell her story on canvas within the rich chaos of inner perceptions.

Her palette becomes the medium and her canvas the reportage of her psychic journey, and the answer to her continuous inner dialogue. Like the writer Milan Kundera, she finds in her work ‘the unbearable lightness’, and she can turn her ‘sunflowers’ to the light like Vincent van Gogh. Each of these paintings has its own life – a part of the greater puzzle of truths that form part of a wider cosmic understanding. The exhibition runs from 14 May until 6 June. ~ Amanda Botha, art journalist and writer.

Read Amanda’s opening speech at Irma Stern Museum