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.  


THE BREYTENBACH GALLERY, WELLINGTON: from 10 February – 9 March 2018

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STORIES OF A LIFE, a symbolical approach to art

Our lives are full of stories; sometimes we say: “That is the story of my life,” pointing to an important theme which seems to recur, but what does it mean? My work is focused on what goes on underneath, out of sight, in the shadows.

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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.

Van der Walt’s palette becomes the medium, her canvas the report of her psychological journey, the answer to her continuous conversation with herself. Each of these images has a life of its own, part of a larger puzzle of truths, a larger cosmic concept. This is the essential meaning of visual art, the reason why artists work on canvas, others with chisels, to bring form into existence. ~  Amanda Botha at UCT Irma Stern, Cape Town, May 2016

Are you interested in archetypal art and active imagination, the alchemy of the individuation process?

My first experiments with oil were focused on looking in the mirror to see what would come from the other side. This process of projection and  interaction with the psyche… (read more)

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.

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