Inner Darkness: As a psychoanalyst I have for many years explored the mind's inner landscapes. Some of them are relatively sunny explorations as in my series, "In the Mind's Eye," also on this website. Some are dark; this is an exploration of a dark landscape. We all have our ghosts. Some are friendly and easy to live with. Others are restless, angry and vindictive. They did not necessarily start that way but become so because they have been ignored, neglected, and buried. Such shunned ghosts cannot rest and demand a reckoning. This is a story of one of those depressed and painful reckonings. Please see the artist's statement at the beginning of the gallery for a more in depth discussion of what I am trying to visually render.


All images are copyrighted by Jon Meyer. I do not license images from this gallery but if you are interested in having me do a fine art print for you, please contact me at the "contact me" page in the website.

Inner Darkness: Artist's Statement ©
2020
Inner Darkness: Spirits ©
2020
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The past, present, and future are always with us in our minds and are inhabited by the spirits of who we once were, who we are now, and who we will be.

Inner Darkness: Invocation ©
2020
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Some think that ghosts occupy graveyards but in fact they live in our minds and there is no way to anchor them to any place other than where we are. Although we may invoke them, we don't really call them up, they are already there.

Inner Darkness: Remorse ©
2020
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Regrets about mistakes and missed opportunities are in all our lives. Sometimes, however, abandonment of childhood dreams are beyond regrets and turn into remorse.

Inner Darkness: Changeling ©
2020
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The story goes that woodland fairies and elves would sometimes take a human child away to raise as their own. They would leave behind a changeling who was often the incorporation of something evil.

Inner Darkness: Portent ©
2020
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In our dreams or in our nightmares, it sometimes feels as though there is a vision into the future, a portent of what is to come.

Inner Darkness: Anguish ©
2020
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In the nightmare that was a portent, the horse had suffered a severed forelimb. When people are in anguish from being haunted by their own ghosts, cutting relieves the inner pain.

Inner Darkness: Despair ©
2020
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After the anguish and the terrible attempt to relieve pain, all that is left is despair.

Inner Darkness: Reunion ©
2020
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In this world or another, the only resolution is reunion with one's ghosts.