Curated Artist Registry

The White Columns Curated Artist Registry is an online catalog of digital images documenting the work of artists who are not affiliated with a commercial gallery in New York City. Each submission is reviewed by our curatorial staff; in order to be considered for the registry, one must submit work digitally via this website.

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Mary Bucci McCoy
Beverly MA US
Updated: 2017-11-06 08:53:35


Using vertical rectangular and oval panels at a scale comparable to the human head, I invite the viewer into a focused, self-reflexive encounter as they face each painting. Yet while the paintings obliquely reference mirrors and art historical portrait formats such as cameos, rather than offering the mirror’s direct reflection or the portrait's representation, they offer an opportunity for expanded reflection through a poetic material language derived from perceptions of the natural world integrated with multi-faceted experience of the human body: the color, marks and materiality of the work reference the body as well as the forms and processes of the mineral, vegetal and animal. Thus the work situates the individual within the context of humanity and the physical world. My handling of paint is deeply influenced by my formal training as a ceramic sculptor. The spontaneous directness of the facture contributes to the directness of the viewer's engagement with the work through both sight and a projected experience of touch. 

Speculation Series: The title Speculation is intended in the sense of speculation as risk and as conjecture or contemplation, as well as a nod to the Latin root specere, to look.

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