Christine Stiver

Monstrous Glory



Particularly for women, the beautiful and grotesque have somehow become antitheses; as though what’s odd cannot be attractive, what’s ugly cannot be loved, what’s exposed cannot be sacred. But humans bear the marks of their experiences as evidence of their living. As witness to their wisdom. As testimony to their temptations, strengths and weaknesses. So living, which is simultaneously the most grotesque and beautiful thing of all, should be celebrated in all of its monstrous glory.