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Artist's Statement

Humans are naturally curious beings with an inborn urge to collect and scrutinize interesting bits of nature. Building on this innate childlike sense of wonder, my work chronicles my own witnessing and integration of encounters with natural phenomena and plays on the animistic view that all nature has consciousness. To counter the increasingly self-referential attitude of our culture, I take cues from myth, folklore and archetypal motifs concerned with how traditional peoples have approached their relationship with the earth. Using the corporeal presence of natural found materials combined with drawing, painting, photography, and text to create a dialogue hovering between comedy and dissonance, I aim at stirring a personal felt response in the viewer, an invitation to reassess how we think about the natural world and our place within it.

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© 2024 by Mary McCoy.

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