Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Zara Hering 

BA [Hons] Art

Zara Hering is a visual artist from Dublin, Ireland. Her work is sculptural with an emphasis on the “doing”. Zara has created work which allows the materials to lead her in the creative process, she goes in with no plan providing space for the materials to make the decisions. Leading with her hands and her heart, her work is a physical representation of instinct. Zara has exhibited work in Pallas Project Studios, In The Making: Navel, (2024).

Project Description

This project is an exploration of the responsiveness of material. By examining the response materials have when controlled I learned to accommodate the flow of the material I am using. Tensile Fabrication is a technique I use in my work where I allow the fabric to dictate its own fate as it communicates through tension and pulling. Intuition is an important aspect of my practice. This project has combined the meticulous art of welding and the humbling experience of letting go of control. Tension not only plays a physical role in this project but also a mental role as I handed over the lead to the materials I used.

Art and Psychology

This thesis looks at the relationship between art and psychology, how they influenced and depended on each other through time. My initial focus is on the work of Sigmund Freud who developed theories relating to the unconscious mind, repression, and purpose of dreams. These theories inspired the Surrealist art movement whose art worked to create a visual response to Freud’s discoveries. This thesis then introduces us to Carl Gustav Jung who incorporated and largely valued the artistic process as a tool in understanding the unconscious mind and further, the collective unconscious. Through the exploration of the collective unconscious and its archetypes we begin to understand the depth in which art and psychology are woven. The performance art of Marina Abramović is used in this thesis to evidence the importance of both Freud and Jung’s theories regarding the dynamic between art and psychology.