Why canʼt we realize we have all made multiple errors in beauty in our lives over time? Why do certain things have to be ugly, and initiate a negative response? Why can we not be fascinated? Explore the world of beauty and ugly merging together. Why canʼt everything be beautiful?
These are questions I ask myself throughout my thesis project.
Experimenting with these questions, I grew mold to see if something normally considered ʻuglyʼ could be seen as ʻbeautifulʼ. I ended up with five transformative photographs of mold shown in light-boxes as my final work. In addition to growing mold, I studied many different ideas about beauty, ugly, looking, disgust, and the abject. Primarily focusing on On Beauty and Being Just, by Elaine Scarry; The Powers of Horror, by Julia Kristeva; and Thatʼs Disgusting, by Rachel Hertz, I was able to come up with a simple answer to my many questions: That every thing is beautiful and ugly simultaneously, it just depends on how we see what we are