If It’s True That Art Reflects Life We’re in a Very Dark Place

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By Daisy Luther

Has anyone else noticed the need that ‘artists” have to be more and more outrageous lately?  It seems like many people can’t be happy unless they are finding greater ways to shock and repulse others. This seems to especially apply to the art community. They say that “art reflects life” and if that is the case, we are really in a dark place.

I’ll give you some stomach-turning examples in a moment, but let me first bring this back to a child-rearing theory I have.

When you have children, you always want to make them happy and give them privileges and opportunities you may not have had. But if you make the mistake of constantly having to outdo yourself, you’ll end up with a greedy monster on your hands. If every Christmas must outdo the last to make a child happy, if every family vacation has to be bigger and better, if every birthday party has to be more outrageous, you’ll find that the recipient of all this bounty is less happy than other people. They’ll always be searching for that excitement and frankly, it’s just not how life works.

Bigger and better is not a sustainable life model. Eventually, the money will run out or the excitement factor will have to be so extreme that it won’t really be that much fun anymore. Everything after a certain point is just a letdown, and the person seeking that rush will often turn to more extreme and unhealthy choices to try and find a state of happiness that will always be brief and elusive.

So, that brings me back to our current societal situation.

I wrote a few weeks back about the signs of the end of an empire, and ever since then, I keep stumbling across more and more examples of this. This isn’t one for reading aloud around the family table. Assuming you do things like that with blog content.

Whose life does this art reflect?

Regular art that’s just pretty to look at will no longer make you famous, it seems. Gone are the days of Renoir and Matisse. To get your five minutes of fame, your medium must be something outrageous, stomach-turning, and/or revolting.

Maybe I just don’t understand art, but here are some examples of artistic expressions and crafts with a homemade touch that I’m not going to be purchasing anytime soon:

What is this obsession with bodily fluids all about? FYI, it’s illegal to buy it on eBay. In case, for some reason this article inspired you to make your Christmas list.

We silly plebes just don’t understand art

Who can forget the horrifying “art” that came into the public eye during the Wikileaks days of the last election? While folks are making poop statues of President Trump, they’d be advised to remember the revolting “Spirit Cooking” performance art that came to light in the Podesta emails. This was mockingly defended by NYMag as a silly overreaction by the anti-Clinton faction.

Tony Podesta, who is now in a whole bunch of legal trouble, has some horrifyingly pedophiliac artwork in his collection that people seem to be willing to justify as well. See for yourself, but be warned, this stuff is terribly disturbing.

There were also hints of cannibalism with some “performance art” dinner parties. Thankfully, we have outlets like Art-Net News to tell us how silly we are to find it disturbing to watch people digging into a cake that looks like a woman and to see sickening photos of young children in occult situations.

This isn’t new but it seems to be a lot more common now.

Of course, it’s important to note that artists have been using bodily fluids and shocking topics in their art for decades. Centuries, even. Andy Warhol had his friends pee on a canvas back in the ’70s, and there was that other guy who taunted religious people by sinking a crucifix into a variety of bodily fluids and then took photos of it in the ’80s.

Also in the 80s, a guy named Robert Mapplethorpe got an art show that contained photos which could only be considered child pornography. ““For pedophile homosexuals, there [is] a shot of a nude little boy, about eight, proudly displaying his penis.” The photograph in question was Jesse McBride which, along with a portrait by Mapplethorpe of a young girl staring into the camera with her genitals incidentally exposed.” (source) As well, his art contained very graphic sadomasochistic content.

Both these shows in the 80s, by the way, were supported by tax dollars via the  National Endowment for the Arts.

So, this has been going on for a long time but seems far more prominent of late.

Doesn’t it make you wonder, with vast trepidation, what could possibly be next?

How will the art community possibly take things even further than they are now? I shudder to think what outrageous acts and photos will be the next thing to be celebrated for their genius. It is said that “art reflects life.” Let that sink in – the stuff above is a reflection of the people who created it.

But in most of America, the part that rejected Hillary Clinton and her ilk and is deplored by the people who love this “art”, is busy living a life that must seem boring to the flashy folks of the art world. While they snicker at us, though, we are able to find happiness in simplicity. Going for a walk in the woods, the satisfaction of raising vegetables in our backyard, encouraging our kids to be athletes and scholars – give me that over poop paintings, vagina scarves, and cannibalism any day of the week.

These poor souls will continue to seek their rush that resides ever further into depravity. They’ll push the limits further and further. At some point, they won’t be able to turn back. Maybe they’re already there.

Daisy Luther

Daisy Luther

Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, globe-trotting blogger. She is the founder and publisher of three websites.  1) The Organic Prepper, which is about current events, preparedness, self-reliance, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, 2)  The Frugalite, a website with thrifty tips and solutions to help people get a handle on their personal finances without feeling deprived, and 3) PreppersDailyNews.com, an aggregate site where you can find links to all the most important news for those who wish to be prepared. She is widely republished across alternative media and  Daisy is the best-selling author of 5 traditionally published books and runs a small digital publishing company with PDF guides, printables, and courses. You can find her on FacebookPinterest, Gab, MeWe, Parler, Instagram, and Twitter.

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  • A recent trip to Target had 3 childrens games on display for Christmas with Poop themes. One of them even encouraging the play of dog poop. I only saw the games on an end row, possibly many more. God called us out to be separate from the world and clean !!!

    • Remember, the velvet mafia find poop smell an aphrodisiac. To me sex ends when I smell poop. To them, it just begun.

      That’s how different they are from normal ppl. They are in effect crapping ON US, and it’s not so covert now is it?

  • You noticed what I have about 40 years ago when I decided to stop painting and contributing to a sick society.
    It made no sense to continue after exhibiting in a few one man shows in NYC. Although I sold most of my work when showing the payoff was not worth continuing. The Madison Ave gallery system was deceived into showing the bullshit you describe. I didn’t want any part of it. My artist friends were shocked because they couldn’t get into any NYC galleries. They ultimately weren’t my friends anyway. It is now about 40 years since I have painted anything and I don’t regret it. The same bullshit is still going on. It won’t change in my life time or maybe in yours. There are many more talented artists than myself. They are all screwed until the country goes down and that is happening quite rapidly now in a depraved spiral. I read one other piece of yours recently. Your on the right track. Best wishes and god luck. You are going to need it.

    • You shouldn’t stop painting because of others! You should paint for yourself. Express what you think and believe in your artwork. Show off what you can do to your actual friends as well as your family. Art should continue to live, even if what is deemed as “fine art” is rubbish.

      • I spent 25 years developing and refining a style of painting. I have nothing to prove to myself or anyone else. When it takes months to finish a piece of work you have to have financial resources to continue painting. You can check what I did in my early career here: http://www.johncivitello.com

    • It’s a type of graft and payoff mechanism for the elite to fund each other and their kids. Remember, ALL charities these guys create are welfare projects for their children or themselves. NOTHING is ever for anyone else but themselves.

  • You hit the nail on the head; these so-called artists are overindulged children craving ever-increasing attention, shock and excitement. These are people who lack real problems to occupy their time. People struggling for food and shelter have no time for foolishness. I am sorry to say that I believe the solution is TEOTWAWKI. These “artists” and their fans will have no more free time for nonsense when they are busy hauling water and handwashing clothes.

    • Yes, there are cultural and psychological explanations, but there’s also the economic aspect. One of the first things an econ major learns is that, if you subsidize something, you get more of it. This is true of sugar subsidies or the U.S. welfare system. All of this cr*p masquerading as art is subsidized. If these oh-so-trendy “artists” were obliged to work within the free market system — supply and demand — they’d soon be forced to reconsider their work, creating art that appealed to their customers or finding another line of work.

      I used to live and work in downtown Chicago, near the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I’d regularly see the students lurking and slouching and smoking and vaping outside the beautiful old buildings. They were obviously obsessed with giving a particular impression. Their occasional shows displayed precious little actual artistic ability.

  • Don’t lump all artists together! Those are the extreme freaks that make headlines. Most artists are really normal.

    I was actually a fine arts major, and drop out. I had several different majors throughout my tour of “higher” education system. Not proud of that, but its true.

    Was the Jewish mafia involved in the ” Life Is Beautiful ” massacre as an attempt to silence Sheldon Adelsdon and others who were questioned by the authorities for involvement in the Netenyahu corruption scandal? MGM CEO James Murren divested himself of 80% of his MGM holdings on September 5th. MGM owns Mandalay Bay, where the massacre took place. George Sorros also placed a $42 million short bet on MGM stock as reported on his August SEC filings!



    • Andrea, you’re very welcome to comment, but please stop putting links to your articles that are completely unrelated in my comments section. You can embed them in your username, but please – this is not good etiquette.

  • As a writer who doesn’t hold punches, these so-called “pieces” are extremely worrying for me and other writers and artists who use shock value to get legitimate points across.
    Why? Because these sickos devalue true art and writing. The likes of William S. Burroughs who used shock value to satirize everything wrong with America is being devalued by wannabe punks and edgy millennials who probably can’t even spell William S. Burroughs without Googling it.

    P.S. I ‘m 18 and have been subbed ever since the election, your stuff provides quite the insight without being biased. Keep it up!

  • ART? lol… if they have you conned into that you might as well bend over and Kiss? well ya know the rest……..
    art was thousands of years ago,, i believe its called HISTORY…
    but every day they Destroy our history,, building by building…….
    dont restore,, destroy all history so no one know Jack…
    now the JKF files came out?
    Has any one really read um?
    um, um, um, um, No……….
    everything we were taught OUR whole lives has been a LIE…………….

  • This is the kind of art you would expect from a profoundly disturbed society. So what else is new?

    “To be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society is no measure of health”.

    How well are you adjusted to our society? Do you fit right in? Do you watch TV every single day? Do you willfully consume the toxic food, water, and pharmaceuticals? Are you and your children fully vaccinated? Do you support and endorse our government education system? Do you support and endorse bloodshed, murder, and war? Do you support and endorse our false monetary policy? Are you up to your eyeballs in debt? Do you “believe” in anthropogenic global warming? Do you fully support and endorse our science, which is censored, biased, partial, and full of innuendo?

    These are some of the traits of the “collective”, which we are all a part of whether we like it or not. To quote Jeff, “everything we were taught OUR whole lives has been a LIE…………….”

  • Not so much spoiled, but Godless. America has given God the boot. We now fly rainbows, celebrate lgbtq, abort babies at a whim, mill their body parts, we are the filth capital of the world with tv, movies, music, porn, the internet. We export all this to the world. Very prophetic! We party like coked up rock stars. Satanism and witchcraft are among the fastest growing. The church of satan tells that half its members are lgbtq. We are sodom and gomorrah, and evil has a home. Yet we are surprised, and sadly, most have no clue.

    • Dave, not all of America has fallen into this morass of immorality. This Godless society you have described has a name. Progressive Democrats. They support every strange doctrine in the nation. Being liberal should not but appears to subscribe to a set of beliefs that simply means…anything goes. Without naming names, this saying was coined in the 1970’s and appears to be the mantra of the liberal’s today….”if it feels good, do it”.

    • I once said these people were “godless”. I now realize that we all worship a god. The question of course is which one! Many, some perhaps unwittingly, worship the god of this world and their behavior clearly demonstrates it. Just a thought to consider.

  • This isn’t good art. Good art is like good wine: it’s what you enjoy, not what others like. Watch this video to see why fine art is nothing but a scam.


    I think this shows how the elites try to “fix” the market, so only what a few people deem as “good” makes millions, while what is actually good artwork often never makes into the news.

  • Hey, Daisy, considering the elite are all Luciferian sadistic velvet mafia cabalists on the order of Jeffrey Dahmer level evil, why do you find this shocking?

    This have been going on in art for a long time now. Look at what sells to the 1% it is only stuff a psychopath could love.

  • The US of A has become a sick, depraved society. It all started in the late 60’s and went down hill from there, it has picked up speed in the 90’s. It will not stop, the US of A has become the Roman empire and we are headed that way. If there is a god, god helps us, sorry we are on our own

  • On first inspection of this stuff you, for certain, get revulsion . . . but it is also a stark revelation as to the separation taking place in our world. . . as the new paradigm appears, gray is beginning to reveal itself as black or white.

    Art and music are very good at showing a society how far it has sunken. (or risen) As the shift in consciousness continues forward, choice becomes more important than ever . . . IMO this is a good and necessary thing . . . Every day the signs of the times are becoming easier to read. One day soon filth, as well as religion, will give way to a free and clear thinking mind.

  • Two things. First, the rapid degradation of visual arts, music, and architecture is promoted by the Frankfort School of Marxism (Cultural Marxism), see for example: https://jaysanalysis.com/2013/01/16/cultural-marxism-modern-art-and-hipsterism/

    Second, in addition to contributing to the destruction of Western Civilization, visual art works might serve another very useful purpose. For example:

    A owes B $2,000,000 and needs to pay without leaving a paper trail.

    B contacts C, who is an “artist”, and commissions a painting, for which B offers to pay C $1000. C finishes the painting and frames it in 15 minutes.

    B then contacts D to act as an accomplice at an art auction. For his services, D is to receive $5,000.

    B puts his new painting up for auction. There is great public interest in this painting, and the price is quickly bid up, but by $1,000,000, A and D are the only two remaining bidders. They continue to bid against each other until finally, at $2,011,000, A is the high bidder. A pays the auction house and walks off with his new painting. The auction house subtracts its fee of $5,000 and cuts a check to B for $2,006,000. B pays $1000 to C and $5000 to D, and is left with $2,000,000.

  • And speaking of the visual arts, you might want to have a look at what’s happening on the other side of the earth among people who suffered 3/4 of a century of Marxism:


    Naturally, the western corporate media blames Vladimir Putin for this. The claim is that he is exploiting the Russian Orthodox church to gain political support. To that I say, godspeed Vladimir Vladimirovich…

  • The breast milk jewelry thing seems wholesome enough – women who appreciate the bond they’ve developed with their children by using their bodies as designed to feed them, who are in awe of the scientific marvel of the nutrition they are able to provide, want a little memento of this time of their lives. (I know some people who make these, and they seem generally sane.)

    This other stuff I don’t dare click through to to keep my lunch down.

  • First significant snowfall of the season this morning in northern Ontario. The woodstove is going nicely and Daisy, you’ve triggered me – I need a safe space.

    The degradation of the visual arts is quite bad enough, but it’s also happening in music. This particular piece was apparently performed at the Super Bowl halftime by a woman who goes by the name Beyonce (sorry for omitting the accent grave, but I can’t take the time to insert it):


    In case you are unable to watch the entire performance or you cannot decipher the lyrics, here is a short section:

    When he fuck me good I take his ass to Red Lobster, cause I slay
    When he fuck me good I take his ass to Red Lobster, cause I slay
    If he hit it right, I might take him on a flight on my chopper, cause I slay

    This was performed on the national networks, so I assume it is now OK to quote profanity in a comment. (BTW, Quebec just made the use of the “f” word acceptable – well, because everyone uses it…)

    Back to Beyonce – she’s performed at the White House. Here’s what the previous president of the United States had to say about her:

    “Beyoncé could not be a better role model for my girls because she carries herself with such class and poise and has so much talent,” he (Barack Obama) said.

    Now for some safe space. You’re too young to remember John Kennedy’s presidency, but I was in high school and remember when Pablo Casals, the great cellist, came out of retirement to give a recital at the White House:


    And turning to the other side of the earth, check out Valery Gergiev, general director and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre, chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic and a long time friend of the evil Vladimir Putin:


    Finally, have a look at a popular musical ensemble in the vile Russia:


    (Be sure to read the translated lyrics at the bottom of the video.)

    And where does the future lie?

  • I found it interesting, especially during the last election, about the cannibalism art. The interesting part to me was the symbolism. During the last election about half the country was out of work, unemployed, they had no jobs. These folk were struggling, and still do struggle, to feed their kids. Here you have the elites shaping women and children out of cake and eating them. From simply a symbolic perspective, not even touching any proposed ritualistic perspective, you have the elites blatantly saying “we are eating your young.”

    In 2002 a movie came out called Max. It’s a take on young Hitler as an artist and his spiral towards insanity. There is a scene in it that really stuck with me, of an art piece where the artist sculpted themselves out of meat and then ran that “sculpture” through a sausage grinder. Ooo, ah, shocking. Lots of acclaim. Here’s the thing though, this scene is taking place during the height of the Weimar Republic. During this time Germans are divided between the haves and have-nots. The have-nots are so desperate they are prostituting not just themselves but their own children trying to put food on the table. Now here is an art piece wasting pound after pound of meat, while the elites clap. Of course we can’t possibly cover this era in history classes, then we might learn something from it.

    I do draw strength from the fact that periods of such incredible stupidity/debauchery/excess/revulsion have occurred before in the history of humanity and we still exist today. It gives me hope that humans will still keep living in the future. Look at the myths. The Minotaur of Crete was fed seven boys and seven girls, every year, that it ate alive. Horrible. Say the Minotaur did not exist, that story still existed for a reason. People kept telling it for a reason, with places and names that were real. Something horrific occurred year after year in Crete and did not end until Theseus “killed the Minotaur.”

    Look at the excess of the Roaring Twenties that was followed by the very restrictive 30s, and led into the 40s and 50s. People forget that Prohibition was in response partly due to the huge uptick in opium dens from the Chinese railroad workers. That the strict Victorian era was in response to a massive spread of STDs from the far looser era before that. These things tend to be cyclical, and while we are definitely in a more extreme swing than we’ve seen in a long time I hold hope that we will come out of it on the other side.

  • More on the evil Russian view of music.

    Virtually as soon as the terrorists were driven out of Palmyra, the evil Putin had his friend, Valery Gergiev, take the Mariinsky Orchestra to Palmyra for a concert at the ruins of the Roman Amphitheatre. For the Russians, having one of their premiere orchestras hold a concert symbolized the return of civilization to that part of Syria.


    Imagine – classical music being used to celebrate a military victory! (Actually at the beginning of the second video, Gergiev states that the concert is in honour of the victims of the Syrian war.)

    Naturally the corporate media couldn’t leave this alone. The following report is peppered with aspersions regarding Putin himself, his evil friends Valery Gergiev and the cellist Sergei Roldugin, and the evil and incompetent Russian military that indiscriminately kills civilians:


    According to most of my acquaintances, the concert was nothing but a cheap publicity stunt. In some ways perhaps that’s true, it was partly to advise the world that Palmyra was, for now, safe.

  • More on the power of music.

    In August, 1942, the city of Leningrad had been under siege for 11 months. Cut off by the German army, the population was literally starving to death.

    Despite (or perhaps, because of) these terrible conditions, it was decided to have a concert. Many musicians of the pre-war orchestra had already perished due to starvation or disease. A copy of Shostakovich’s Symphony #7 had been smuggled into Leningrad, and on August 9, it was performed:


    Loudspeakers were set up on the edge of town, broadcasting the concert to the Germans, showing that the Russians’ spirit was not broken.

    By all accounts, the performance had a powerful effect on the city.

    Fast forward to 2006. On October 20, I was fortunate to be able to attend a concert at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, where the Kirov Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev performed Shostakovich’s Symphony #7. The Kirov Orchestra’s home is St. Petersburg, which in 1942, was known as Leningrad. It was a superb performance, partly due to the powerful and inspiring history of both the music and the orchestra.

    Despite her being so admired by Mr. and Mrs. Obama, I doubt that “Formation”, performed by Beyonce under Leningrad’s conditions in 1942 would have nearly the effect of Shostakovich.

    Class matters.

  • This definitely isn’t art! I had no idea they had this kind of gross stuff is going on. Obviously, I’m not missing out on anything.

  • Garbage masquerading as “art” is a long running racket. See my notes below from back in 2013:

    Pablo Picasso: on being an intellectual charlatan, public clown, and montebank


    Picasso Confesses- from an article by John Garth, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, in the ARGONAT. (No date given)

    In his book IL LIBRO NERO (1951), the Italian author Giovanni Papini gives this report of an interview he had with the top god of modern art, Pablo Picasso. Here is what Picasso reportedly thinks of himself:

    “From the moment that art ceases to be food that feeds the best minds, the artist can use his talents to perform all the tricks of the intellectual charlatan. Most people can today no longer expect to receive consolation and exaltation from art.

    “The ‘refined,’ the rich, the professional ‘do-nothings’, the distillers of quintessence desire only the peculiar, the sensational, the eccentric, the scandalous in today’s art. I myself, since the advent of Cubism, have fed these fellows what they wanted and satisfied these critics with all the ridiculous ideas that have passed through my mind.

    “The less they understood them, the more they admired me. Through amusing myself with all these absurd farces, I became celebrated, and very rapidly. For a painter, celebrity means sales and consequent affluence. Today, as you know, I am celebrated, I am rich.

    “But when I am alone, I do not have the effrontery to consider myself an artist at all, not in the grand old meaning of the word: Giotto, Titian, Rembrandt, Goya were great painters. I am only a public clown–a mountebank.

    “I have understood my time and have exploited the imbecility, the vanity, the greed of my contemporaries. It is a bitter confession, this confession of mine, more painful than it may seem. But at least and at last it does have the merit of being honest.”

    In my opinion, this interview goes a long way to explain why in his last years Picasso had ‘cannibalised’ the works of all major European painters, including those of Raphael and El Greco, by doing ‘covers’ of their famous paintings.
    – from here

    –posted by tom cleveland (from cleveland), Friday, 25 June 2004


    Here’s the 1957 Spanish language version of that book:

    I couldn’t find anyone making available the original 1951 Italian language book version of “IL LIBRO NERO” by Giovanni Papani.


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