Aleister Crowley gets a passing mention because the artist’s father knew the brother of a guy in the same field as another guy who died in a spectacular way, was a member of a magical order and was married to an actress, at “Drawing the Great Work: Ann McCoy’s (R)evolutionary ‘Ovum Philosophorum’” by Lisa Paul Streitfeld.
It’s the 7 Degrees of Aleister Crowley! And, a really super convoluted way to weave in a titillating and tagable mention of Jack Parsons, Marjorie Cameron and Aleister Crowley who are otherwise completely unrelated to the article except by hermetic drift, because the subject matter of the artist’s work is inspired by the occult. Apparently when the snake eats its own tail famous names come out the other end.
“The crucial nature of Ovum Philosophorum can be found in its very source: the energy of the female libido given form in the Rubedo. This vast storehouse of feminine creative energy has been largely repressed as a subject for art by the feminist dominated academy. Yet, Processional with Light Bringer calmly guides us to the collective timing of McCoy’s self-revelation of her own lineage…
…which serves to bridge 20th century psychology to a 21st century archetype through the visual rendering of the artist’s dark night of the soul. McCoy’s father knew Frank Oppenheimer, the brother of Robert Oppenheimer and died from radiation stemming from his work in rocket science — a field replete with occult origins stemming from JPL founder Jack Parsons, who invented the rocket booster while a member of Aleister Crowley’s magical order and blew himself up after seeking to conceive a divine birth with actress Marjorie Cameron.” [via]
In spite of the blatant name dropping in the article about the art, which obviously actually worked to bring the article to my and your attention I suppose, you might actually be interested in Ann McCoy’s art since it does actually have some interesting esoteric themes.