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Maite Cascón

MA work

The Shadow Tree

This project is a series of fifteen prints which work both as single pieces as well as parts of an installation all together.

The subject matter of these images is based on the Shadow Archetype of the psychoanalyst Carl Jung. This Archetype portraits all the hidden qualities, feelings and desires of the personality which are developed especially during childhood.

The below section of the tree is directly inspired from folk tales and storytelling. I depicted the supposedly original tellers and characters of these stories and the human disengagement from the natural side. 

Classical and pagan iconography, mainly related to nature and wild creatures, were adapted as evil figures when the beginning of Christianity in Europe, leaving other all belief systems except Christianity forgotten, and those mythological figures as the stereotypes of the shadow.

The prints at the top are a conceptual continuity of the tree trunk and the branches from below. I developed the idea of how old stereotypes still influence us by depicting current conflicts and social issues. Such as war, emigrations, isolation and gender.  


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Print, 2017



  • My work is representational and symbolic. Through drawing I have found a way to connect with my surroundings, taking time to observe closely many aspects. We live in a world overwhelmed by stimuli, turning into a faster and virtual version of itself. As a response, draughtsmanship and printmaking are my oasis.

    In my process drawing allows me to play with reality not only by observing it, but creating narrative images through metaphors. I am interested in searching for the possibilities of images coming from the subconscious, to provide different perspectives on a subject.

    Psychology and folk tales are important references in my work. The topics I depict are based on the body and death, sexuality and different social problematics, such as gender, separation from the natural world and the increase of human individualism.

    I developed images which represent the most wild and deeply human side. Sexuality, agression and the feeling of a beign vulnerability feed this dark side due to the intensity of their nature. As we are not aware of our wild side, or most of the time we ignore it, this is expressed through dreams and uncontrolled reactions when conflict with others appears in our daily life. 

  • Degrees

  • BA Fine Art. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2015
  • Experience

  • Drawing and Painting Teacher, Tritoma S.L, Madrid, 2013–2014
  • Exhibitions

  • Out Put, CGP Gallery, London, 2017; National Original Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London, 2016; Dis Play, CGP Gallery, London, 2016; Un día en la Casa de Velázquez, Casa de Velázquez, Madrid, 2014; Cuerpos Prestados, Margarita Nelken, Madrid, 2011