UCLA Art|Sci Center: DESMA 9: Alchemy + Art with Ann McCoy

This talk will focus on the relationship of alchemy to the dream world, and how alchemy is a symbolic language which describes processes occurring below the threshold of consciousness.

Ann McCoy has studied alchemy for fifty years. This talk will focus on the relationship of alchemy to the dream world, and how alchemy is a symbolic language which describes processes occurring below the threshold of consciousness. In a time when we are seeing a war on psyche, especially in the approaches advocated by many MFA programs and the art world in general, this lecture will be on the importance of the realm of the unconscious. For McCoy connecting art to the inner life is of supreme importance. Current mechanical, material, and positivist models feel lacking, and critical theory will hopefully give way to more expansive ways of viewing art making that have greater dimensionality. This lecture will be on McCoy’s own work and the relationship of her work to alchemy and dreams.

 

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April 21, 2022