Graphite on paper, 30 x 22 in., Private Collection
and also as an
Archival print available in multiple sizes
The psychologist Carl Jung said certain
images are so profoundly etched in human
consciousness that they transcend the
boundaries of culture and history. He called
them archetypal images because they are
symbols common to all humankind. An
example is the archetype of the mother
and child, shown in this work as a Chinese-
American woman and her son. I have used
this image in many works. Here the mother
appears emotionally related to the viewer
as if ready to help when asked. Because of
her kind demeanor, she is also part of the
archetype of the compassionate Great
Goddess. We see this archetype manifest
in the West through Mary and in Asia
through Kwan Yin, the Hearer of Cries.