Hospital Rooms

When London-based curator Niamh White and artist Tim A Shaw visited a close friend in an English psychiatric ward, they were immediately struck by the unit’s sterility. As visually oriented people, they felt the austere interiors might not be conducive to a quick recovery, particularly for patients with creative or artistic inclinations.

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Nick Musaelian’s Absurdist Portraits

If Nick Musaelian wants to paint a lizard humping a badger on a corkscrew, he won’t hesitate to do just that. The Armenian-born, Boulder-based software engineer midnights as a painter—a passion that he wryly likens to an ailment. “It’s kind of a curse,” he says. “Art is like a cold. Some people catch it, some don’t.”

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