Creativity and Transformation
March 21, 2014


“The human psyche is the womb of all the arts and sciences.”

C.G. Jung, CW 15, par. 133 

“All the arts penetrate into the depths of things which are beyond the reach of cognition.”

Paul Tillich, Art and Society, p. 15

Jung describes the creative process as a living thing implanted in the human psyche. The role of the unconscious in the creative process sheds light on the effect which art has on both the artist and society. The artist views the creative experience as numinous and believes it  can be transformed through the interaction with and assimilation of the archetypal images and energies. The effect on society consists of the compensating role of the unconscious on the reigning conscious attitudes of the time. This Friday talk will explore the relationship between the creator and the creative process in light of Jung’s concept of the collective unconscious and its denizens—the archetypes. This is a relationship recognized by mathematicians to musicians to multimedia artists.


Biography–Ken Buch is an artist, playwright, and poet; president of the Kansas City Friends of Jung; and a Ph.D. aerospace engineer. His paintings were part of a group show of Jungian-themed works in Kansas City in 2013. The 2012 issue of “Kansas City Voices” also featured his art. He wrote and performed in two plays in the 2012 Kansas City Fringe Festival including a one man show titled “The Melancholy Monologues.”  Ken has been an avid student of writing, poetry and C. G. Jung for the past decade and presents lectures and workshops on Jungian psychology. He teaches classes on Jung’s psychology, the psychology of religion, and the psychology of creativity. Ken is married and a stay-at-home dad for their 8 year old daughter who is his creative inspiration and collaborator and who enjoys asking the truly important questions in life.