New York

Ann McCoy

Brooke Alexander

Ann McCoy’s artworks seem to be finished products, self-sufficient in their objecthood; yet they would more accurately be described as traces of a process that is itself the real work. Her images are generally found or borrowed—from Egyptian tomb paintings, Greco-Roman mystery religions, alchemical texts and illustrations, and so on-but not in the usual Post-Modem sense of quotation or appropriation. They present themselves to the artist’s attention through an ancient process that theologians have called incubation: a controlled use of sleeping to obtain dream images of special relevance to either a therapeutic or a prophetic goal. McCoy practices incubation systematically, often in conjunction with a Jungian analyst. She focuses on images that are emphasized in her dreams through narrative framing or recurrence, traces them down in the world’s iconography, then follows out the threads of

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