When Art Disturbs

Hedone, Caitlin Karolczak

Hedone, Caitlin Karolczak



rt as reflection of the inner and outer life of the artist. We get that. But there is another relationship that occurs in the artistic dance that is equally important for understanding more about humanity and about ourselves: Our own personal response to the art we encounter. What this reveals to us about what we value. And sometimes even about what we fear.


Caitlin Karolczak

The Intersection of Beauty and Distress: the Paintings of Caitlin Karolczak

“I wrestle with this intersection of beauty and distress. As I reinvent the likeness of an individual, I give them authority from what was originally a position of vulnerability. My aim is to confront the viewer with sensations both of being the unconventional ‘other’ and of human commonality.

samuele Papiro


Samuele Papiro, Physical Therapist; Venice, Mestre, Italy

“Art is the dream life of humanity, both ugly and beautiful. You cannot represent the dark but with light. My photos are dark, but if you see me, it is because there exists light.”



The Aesthetics of Andrzej Dragan

“I like that art is artificial and that’s all I have to say about that. I also don’t particularly enjoy discussing about myself. The photographs I do are neither provoked, nor inspired; so I guess they somehow reflect the way I am.”



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1 Comment

  1. Sandy Smith-Garces on May 19, 2013 at 5:12 am

    Lovely work. As an artist, I’m very interested in the relationship between beauty and repulsion.

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