I bought the book On Ugliness by Umberto Eco immediately following my interview with Los Angeles-based, Geneva, Switzerland-born painter, Louise Bonnet. She had mentioned this was one of her favorite books, and given the sublimely grotesque appearance of her artwork, I figured I should look it up. Eco had gone great lengths to describe his book as a look into the, “sordid, weak, vile, banal, random, arbitrary, coarse, repugnant, clumsy, horrendous, vacuous, nauseating, criminal, spectral, witchlike, satanic, repellent, disgusting, unpleasant…” You get the picture…

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