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Artist Grappled With Schizophrenia Through Eerie Drawings Of Hybrid Human Forms

In Charles Steffen’s drawings, human bodies lack bones, fat and flesh. Instead, faces and figures are composed of crosshatched lines that wiggle and bulge, like a spiderweb repurposed as a body mask. From a distance, the lines that stretch from head to toe resemble the gnarled wrinkles on a tree trunk or the scales on a reptilian creature. “The figures are often transparent,” The Good Luck Gallery explains in a statement describing Steffen’s work, “as if their nerve cells and fibers were on display, and surrounded by aureoles of gray light; bodies and flowers often merge into each other.
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