Art by Lauren Satlowski in the Strange Space Between Cute and Ugly

by Danny OldaPosted on

Though, artist Lauren Satlowski may work in various media and materials, she seems to have a very focused vision.  Whether painted or altered as sculptures, Satlowski often uses ceramic figurines as a foundation for her work.  Each seems to hover in an uncomfortable space between cute and ugly.  Some pieces appear to have a syrupy liquid poured on them, or dunked in such a liquid.  The work is reminiscent of the phrase “sickeningly sweet” – straddling the strange and ambiguous border between repulsive and attractive.  In a way the contrast hints at the often vague separation between the innocent and sinister desires and intentions.

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