This talk will feature the soul-stirring ideas and images generated by the self-described mestiza, queer, Chicana, scholar, artist, and activist, Gloria E. Anzaldúa (1942–2004). Anzaldúa’s multifaceted and multilingual work was deeply influenced by depth psychological thought, particularly through her encounters with the work of C.G. Jung, and most notably through her forays into the work of archetypal psychologist, James Hillman. This talk will demonstrate how Anzaldúa’s own transdisciplinary and world-bridging work (generated from a place of “in between” that she called Nepantla) is a highly creative, powerful, and revitalizing force for a contemporary depth psychology that seeks to bridge worlds, heal wounds, and unite diverse peoples. Artists, makers, activists, and scholars–especially those who do not identify by any single label–will find this talk inspiring and orienting.
Mary Antonia Wood, Ph.D. is an artist/scholar and Chair of the Depth Psychology and Creativity Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is the author of The Archetypal Artist: Reimagining Creativity and the Call to Create (2022). Her writing has been featured in Quadrant: The Journal of the C.G. Jung Foundation, and her visual art has been featured in exhibitions and publications over the last twenty-five years such as at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Museum of International Folk Art, and in Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art: Artists, Work, Culture and Education.