This painting draws on a direct quote by Carl Jung that references his concepts of ‘duality’ as well as ‘personal unconscious’ and ‘collective unconscious.’ Duality, and the coming together of opposing poles, in that there can be order in chaos; there are patterns in the infinite expanse of the universe as there is structure to abstraction. And the integration of the personal and collective unconscious through the interconnectivity of all things, the various systems that define our lives personally and collectively, and how our place within these systems impact ourselves and each other over time.
The work is a visual representation of these concepts, with two distinct applications of paint. The right-hand corner is covered in thick paint, applied with a squeegee in multiple layers and colors, with additional paint aggressively thrown or flicked in an act of semi-controlled chaos. In contrast, the left-hand side and the floor are methodical renderings of pre-determined patterns full of symbols. While Thorpe’s corners have previously consisted of three simple planes, two walls and a floor, here they are broken by wooden skirting boards, creating at once a sense of three-dimensionality but also a flatness, narrowing in on the dual nature of the corner: that place of inside/outside, interior/exterior, sanctuary/imprisonment. This emphasis entices the viewer to peer more deeply into the centerfold, and by extension, inside the self.