“I am absorbed in exploring that space between predictable beauty and its opposite, the unaesthetic or homely. In an effort to explain to me what separates pedantic and indifferent art from the kind that causes us to reflect on the very nature of our existence, my teacher, Kasuo Yagi held up his index finger and pointed it straight up. “This represents, the predictably beautiful.” Then he turned his finger 90 degrees, parallel to the floor and said, ” This position represents what we all commonly think of as ugly. The two positions have a tendency to be fixed in culture, but”—and he moved his finger to a position 45 degrees between those two points—”it is here, where real ART takes place, vibrating between the beautiful and the ugly.”

-Rob Barnard, 2019