Sunday, April 02, 2006
Where's there's beauty, there's bound to be ugliness not far away...
I was once told my drawings displayed a certain "grotesqueness" that mirrored certain truths. I was immediately flattered that my drawings could exhibit that kind of satire and depth!
I think that's what makes this life so interesting...the fact that along with this world's lush, colorful, ample beauty, comes a darker side that contrasts with all that is lovely. Good doesn't exist without evil, nor does beauty without decay. Let's take a moment and embrace the ugliness, shall we?
I seated ugliness on my knee, and almost immediately grew tired of it. -Salvador dali
Considered physiologically, everything ugly weakens and saddens man. It reminds him of decay, danger, impotence; it actually reduces his strength. The effect of ugliness can be measured with a dynamometer. Whenever anyone feels depressed, he senses the proximity of something “ugly.” His feeling of power, his will to power, his courage, his pride—they decline with ugliness. -Friedrich Nietzsche
I don’t believe in evil, I believe in horror. In nature there is no evil, only an abundance of horror, the plagues and the blights and the ants and the maggots. -Isak Dinesen
I’m tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That’s deep enough. What do you want- an adorable pancreas? -Jean Kerr.