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Imago (VII) Urverdrangung: refoulement "translatable" <>, May 1988

Mary Scott
Canadian, 1948
spray paint, silver and gold leaf, Rhoplex, and wax on silk
262 x 210 cm
Purchased 1990
National Gallery of Canada (no. 30488)

Supported by feminist and psychoanalytic writers from whose works she quotes, Mary Scott regards the representation of the female body as a problematic and extremely rich area of investigation. "Imago" is a concept used by psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan to refer to images formed in the psyche in early childhood that colour later life. Here Scott draws on Leonardo da Vinci's erroneous rendering of female genitalia, as a cultural "imago" deserving of transformation, presenting it as a gorgeously materialized abstract icon.