Pretty Ugly

Abstract flower pattern.

A few years ago, I mentioned the French concept/term jolie-laide—something unconventionally attractive (generally a woman who does not conform to typical beauty standards but is indisputably stylish and appealing). And every now and then I find myself experimenting with pattern or color or some other mix of compositional elements, and winding up with something that I can’t in good conscience describe as beautiful.

Let’s face it, sometimes these lab sessions are just unmitigated disasters.

But every now and then, I make something which I cannot call successful, but that nevertheless tickles my aesthetic nerve-endings in an interesting way. Today’s image is one such hot mess.

I’m not sure what merit there is to be found here, but I imagine I’ll keep poking around the edges of this process until I turn up something I actually like.


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