The Concept of the Oceanic Feeling in Artistic Creativity and in the Analysis of Visual Artworks
Saarinen, J. (2015). The Concept of the Oceanic Feeling in Artistic Creativity and in the Analysis of Visual Artworks. Journal of Aesthetic Education, 49(3), 15-31. https://doi.org/10.5406/jaesteduc.49.3.0015
Published inJournal of Aesthetic Education
© 2015 the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. Published in this repository with the kind permission of the publisher.
For several decades now, psychoanalytically oriented writers on art have used the concept of the oceanic feeling to designate feelings of oneness, limitlessness, and mania in artistic creativity and aesthetic experiencing. In this article, I examine critically the most influential account of the oceanic feeling in aesthetics, provided by art pedagogue and art critic Anton Ehrenzweig. Following his points of emphasis, I elaborate on the structural, perceptual, and affective aspects of oceanic states of mind. To illuminate further some of the central premises and problems of Ehrenzweig’s account, I assess two separate analyses of visual artworks that have incorporated his ideas. To conclude, I present my own view of the use of oceanic terminology in regard to artistic creativity, analysis of visual artworks, and aesthetic encounters.
PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
Publication in research information system
MetadataShow full item record
Showing items with similar title or keywords.
(Un)Sustainable Creativity? : Different Manager-Employee Perspectives in the Finnish Technology Sector Lemmetty, Soila; Glăveanu, Vlad Petre; Collin, Kaija; Forsman, Panu (MDPI, 2020)The importance of creativity for working life and in organizations has increased in recent years. At the same time, the theme of sustainability has been intensely debated in research, society, and organizations. Together, ...
Kędra, Joanna (University of Jyväskylä, 2016)Images are produced, used and distributed on an enormous scale. However, the skills of understanding, interpreting and using images as well as thinking and learning in terms of images are taken for granted, and thus, ...
Saarinen, Jussi A.; Krueger, Joel (Oxford University Press (OUP), 2022)It is increasingly acknowledged that creativity cannot be fully understood without considering the setting where it takes place. Building on this premise, we use the concepts of niche construction, scaffolding, coupling, ...
Wartiainen, Pekka (University of Jyväskylä, 2015)
Creative teaching - extra work or extra fun? : creativity in the conceptions and customs of Finnish EFL teachers Kontkanen, Anna-Reetta (2015)Tutkielman tarkoituksena oli tarkastella useita luovaan opettamiseen liittyviä tekijöitä opettajien näkökulmasta. Vaikka luova opettaminen on noussut yhdeksi luovuutta ja koulumaailmaa koskevan keskustelun aiheista, ei ...