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"The exhibition thus becomes an investigation of the Enlightenment from the perspective of the practitioner; Nancy Macko's critique of the information world suggests a Kuhnian paradigmatic shift in which technology becomes ritual, science reverts to magic and art is removed from the site of culture and comes back to life."
(Jeanne M.S. Willette, "How Sweet It Is," Artweek, 2/17/94)

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"Walking into the space, one is aware of the distinctive fragrance of beeswax permeating the air. In addition to beeswax, fragrance comes from three glass brink vases, which contain aromatic spices of fenugreek, coriander and lavender. All of these spices intermingle to create a subtly intoxicating atmosphere. Also stimulating is the sound of the space, which resonates with a continuous rhythm; on closer listening, one realizes it is produced by a cappella tap dancing. The sound's mesmerizing, repetitive pattern calls to mind humming bees and archaic chants.” It was my intention to not only challenge conventional notions of science as it relates to nature and art but to also fully involve the viewer in the sensual pleasures of Dance of the Melissae."
[ Mary Davis MacNaughton, "About Beeing: Nancy Macko's Dance of the Melissae," Nancy Macko: Dance of the Melissae, an Installation (exhibition brochure, Brand Library and Art Galleries, Glendale CA)]

First Dance

First Dance Installation

First Dance detail:
Lesson 55


First Dance detail


"There is a spiritual and feminist dimension to Macko's imagery. In The Large Votives she connects the bee society, in which the queen bee reigns, to matriarchal religions, in which goddesses were central....For Macko, the goddess symbolizes a female centered spirituality and the bee society represents 'the feminine potency of nature.' " (MacNaughton)


The Large Votives


7 X 5', mixed media on lead panel


7 X 5', mixed media on lead panel


7 X 5', mixed media on lead panel


"In Stations of the Goddess Macko looks to the matriarchal era preceding the patriarchal order of Christianity. Instead of memorializing death and sin, her stations celebrate life and health...The central material in several of these found object assemblages is bee pollen, which embodies the idea of fertilty." (MacNaughton)


Stations of the Goddess

Installation view


Installation View

Installation View


Ancient Memory







Sacred Prostitutes

Vestments of the Bee Priestess