For some time now, I’ve pined over the works of Lauren Satlowski. Her technique, the odd subject matter, and the saccharine colors appeal to me in a very visceral way. I hesitate to label her work as a juxtaposition of ugly/beautiful, but that’s the best way I can describe it. Using jewel-toned hues and photo-realistic rendering, her characters sometime remind me of a surreal version of Precious Moments figurines. They definitely aren’t as sweet, and are instead subversive.