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Ann McCoy

Margo Leavin Gallery

At first glance, Ann McCoy’s gossamer visions of underwater scenery suggest the artist as a maker of metaphors, a sea-dreamer musing on pearls and eyes and finny droves of the whale-road, rather than a scientist of the deep, some Beebe in a bathysphere. McCoy has described her drawings as “outer landscapes . . . seen through the eyes of an inner part of one’s being.” Along with Jungians and some Surrealists, she perceives affinities between the ocean depths, the nocturnal world of dreams, and the dark abyss of the human unconscious. Her titles—e.g. Le Pays des Rêves, Dream Reef, Nuit de Feu/The Red Sea—heighten the phantasmagorical tone of her work. Nevertheless, McCoy’s “Underwater Drawings” of the past few years are in fact founded on oceanographic research. The artist takes her imagery from photographs of specific sites, such as The Great Barrier Reef; she writes of nature as her “basic

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