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By Greg Bottoms

In Spiritual American Trash, Greg Bottoms is going past the exam of 8 “outsider artists” and inhabits the spirit in their paintings and tales in enticing vignettes. From the janitor who created a holy throne room out of scraps in a storage, to the lonely wartime mom who crammed her domestic with driftwood replicas of Bible scenes, Bottoms illustrates the strange grace in madness.

Using proof as scaffolding he constructs intimate narratives round every one artist, portray their bad and hard situations at the outskirts of yankee society and demonstrating struggle’s impression on their mostly undiscovered paintings. either mournful and celebratory, those profiles embody those compulsive creators with empathy and visceral sensory details.

Each sentence reads with the cadence of a preacher who engages the paintings of the spirit and fervour that frequently strays into obsession. Raised within the working-class South as a religious Christian with a deeply stricken brother, Bottoms knows how those 8 outsiders “made artwork for the next strength and for themselves.”

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