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We're feeling hideous. Ugly. Scary 🔴

Wayne Chisnall at work

We're feeling a little ugly this week.

When you hear the word ‘grotesque’, what do you think of? Is it ugliness? Distorted figures? Horror? For us, grotesque means all of this, but more.

The term ‘grotesque’ was first coined in 16th century Italy and derives from the word ‘grottesco’ (or, ‘of a cave’). While all things that lurk underground can be a little terrifying — has anyone seen a photo of a Humpback Anglerfish? That’s the stuff of nightmares — the Italians thought the grotesque was actually pretty beautiful, fantastical and mysterious. And so do we.

Which is why we're feeling a little ugly this week. But that ain't a bad thing.

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The Fool
Orchid Brain
Walk in the Morning Fog

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Orchid Brain

Morning Fog

Triumvirate
Elephant Boy
Without Heart

Triumvirate

Elephant Boy

Without Heart

Caste System
Abject Carnal Desire
Interior No.53

Caste System

Abject Carnal Desire

Interior No.53

"Yes, they're creepy, but there's something about grotesque artworks that are intriguing and beautiful."

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