The Alchemical World and Artists by Ann McCoy
This first free lecture is an introduction to alchemy as an inner voyage of transformation, and a psychological and spiritual quest.
Plate One “Arma Artis” opens the book with a key alchemical notion: the process of transformation as battle. It will introduce the first step in the process, and describe how the first encounter may be fraught with a fear of losing control, a descent into the unconscious, and encounter with the chthonian realm.
Alchemy is about navigating opposites, change, and the incarnation of spirit into matter. Work by artists will be included in this presentation.
Ann McCoy is a New York-based sculptor, painter, and art critic, and Editor at Large for the Brooklyn Rail.
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