When you see someone with obvious physical disabilities or differences, are you curious about them? Do you want to get a closer look at them? I do too. However, we’ve all learned that it’s not polite to stare. Artist, Logan Madsen, feels differently, at least about staring at his differences caused by having a rare disease called, Miller syndrome.
When I see somebody who looks different, I want to inspect them as much as I can. It’s not nice to stare, but WE ALL WANT TO. I wish I could touch them, talk with them, understand them, but it’s too risky. ~Logan Madsen
View Extraordinary Art Show Portraying Rare Man Accepting and Overcoming Physical Challenges
Logan painted a collection of self-portraits that show his physical differences up close and personal, and he invites you to stare.
His art exhibit depicts a rare man accepting and overcoming challenges, both physical and psychological. Watch the video of his paintings below.
“With my syndrome psychology exhibit, I want to bare my reality for everyone to see. Once I put it out there, it will be OUR reality.
When I see somebody who looks different, I want to inspect them as much as I can. It’s not nice to stare, but WE ALL WANT TO. I wish I could touch them, talk with them, understand them, but it’s too risky.
I might offend them or get stuck having to be overly charitable in my efforts to save face. What if they are clingy? I don’t know their mental capacity.
How do I to relate to someone who looks so weird??? It’s kind of gross and alien-like. Some may say “This is too hard for me to deal with.” Others might cringe and pray to God that “weirdo” doesn’t look in their direction.I get it, I do. I have the same reaction.
The unknown is scary. Being scared is a negative feeling and wanting to stare is simply human nature. Anxiety is created because of these opposing reactions. I had to find a way to bridge the gap between you and me without anxiety being a factor.
I want you to stare at my paintings. You will see there are beauty and magic that exists in even a small patch of skin. We all have skin.” ~Logan Madsen, Artist
“Stare” at Logan’s paintings in this video showing nine oil paintings on canvas done by Logan for his Exhibit “Syndrome Psychology.” Art Access Gallery Hosted Logan’s Exhibit.
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Logan’s website has an online shop where you can purchase originals, giclee and photo prints of his paintings, and greeting cards. Logan’s Website: https://www.loganmadsenfineart.com/