UGLY is in the eye of the beholder

Ugly is in the eye of the beholder
 Society bows down at the altar of beauty but ugly is in the eye beholder as well. Using the letters UGLY, we  look at the class that can occur between ugly and beauty.

The Unmade Bed

It was back in 1999 that we were introduced to the idea that ugly could be art. Well, for me it was ugly but for the art world it was a masterpiece, as it was shortlisted for the Turner prize that year. It told the story of the breakdown of a relationship and the depression that resulted. It set Emin on the road of celebrity and I don’t think the art world was ever the same again!

Ugly is in the eye of the beholder


 Tracy Emin’s masterpiece! What does it say to you?

 Graffetti – art or vandalism

Living in Bristol, home of the street artist Banksy, we are used to walls being covered. In fact, once a year there is a celebration ‘Upfest’ where street artists from around the world congregate to brighten the streets for the people. 

My dear friend Gemma tells the story of this year’s festival in her great post ‘Upfest 2016’

The move from vandalism to graffiti and art goes back to the 1960s when artists in Philadephia used the walls to make political statements.  If you are a regular here you may remember my post about it after our visit to that fair city ‘Street art, mural or graffiti?’

 LitterUgly is in the eye of the beholder

We are all familiar with litter. It is everywhere in our world and the more we gather the more we have to throw away. It is blighting our seas, mountains and countrysides as well as costing councils thousands to clear it away.  

The increase in recycling is good to see. I’m happy to sort my waste  but am concerned with rumours that councils just dump it all on landfill. That would make me very angry and terribly sad that we can’t take responsibility for our planet. 

While researching for this post, I came across art that has been created from litter. This project on Main Street, Iowa made an explict link between ugly and beauty.


Ugly is in the eye of the beholder



 Yucky is definitely a word that will split opinions and produce items that support ugly is in the eye of the beholder. There is no better category than food!

I bet within your family you will have some who love the taste of a particular food while others hate it. Marmite is the king of this sort of a discussion. In fact, it is now used in common parlance as an example to illustrate how something can be loved and hated at the same time. I had a recent experience of someone I was working with being described as …’like Marmite. you either love her or hate her’.

Ugly is in the eye of the beholder


So, where do you stand? What is beautiful for you that could be ugly in someone else’s eye?

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