M a r y   E l l e n   H o g l e


Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Mary Ellen Hogle was deeply moved by the landscape surrounding her. "I am profoundly influenced by the tides, the ebbs and flows of life -- by what is concealed/revealed in the process, what is born, what dies, what is carried away, and what remains to begin again." For her, form is not so much an intellectual exercise as it is a means of reflecting underlying realities, of exhibiting the inherent connections between the inner and outer worlds.

Hogle received her B.A. in Art and Philosophy from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1980. While working for her degree, she became increasingly interested in the work of Carl Jung. She has studied archetypal dream imagery since that time, most recently through the Body/Soul intensives of Jungian analyst Marion Woodman. She has exhibited her sculpture in various galleries, museums and exhibits throughout Utah, California, Colorado and Washington. Currently she is represented by Lumina (Taos, New Mexico) and Phillips Gallery (Salt Lake City, Utah).

Artist's Statement

"Wild Woman of the Woods" is a character of the mythology of the Native Americans of the Northwest Coast. Her lips pursed, she howls an unending lament. In 1980 I created a porcelain, burnished, sawdust-fired version of "Wild Woman of the Woods;" a vessel/mask, featureless but for an open mouth. This sculpture expressed for me the mute pain that can hide within a beautiful form.

Eleven years later, while dreaming, I had a strong image of this sculpture. Food was being stuffed into her mouth. The message to me was that she could not swallow anymore. The sculpture had been transformed to include a way of getting rid of what she had been forced to swallow. There is also a clear reference to the fifth chakra, to finding one's own voice.

I created this new sculpture "I Had This Dream" simply as an attempt to encourage the flow of dream images in myself. It was not intended for public display. However, it clearly reflected struggles common to many people, and I chose to submit it to the Utah Women's Art Project in 1992. It was selected to be part of the Utah Arts Project, exhibited at the Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, in 1993.

For me, the fascination with "Wild Woman of the Woods" lay in how this archetypal image transformed, first through a conscious process of creation, and, later, through the conduit of a dream, into a new form, "I Had This Dream," that continues to teach me over the years.

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2002 ASD Dream Art Exhibition

19th Annual International Conference for the Association for the Study of Dreams
June 15 - 19, 2002
at Tufts University, Medford, Boston, Massachusetts

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