‘The grotesque body can thus be effected by the exaggeration of its internal elements, the turning of the “inside out,” the display of orifices and gaps upon the exterior of the body.


But in addition to the interpenetration of the exterior and interior of the body, an exchange of sexuality and an exchange between animal and human also can be used to effect the grotesque and its corresponding sense of interchange and disorder.’


Susan Stewart, On Longing, 1993



'Blood is what the egg needs.'


Edwin Morgan, 'The Midge' from Collected Poems, 1996



'Farewell happy fields, where

joy forever dwells:

Hail horrors, hail Infernal world,

And thou profoundest hell,

Receive thy new possessor: one who

brings a mind not to be changed by

space and time.'


John Milton, Paradise Lost (ll. 249 - 253, Book I), 1667



rosie dahlstrom is an artist and writer from Glasgow, currently living and studying in London. She is a painter first and foremost, but also plays with costume, collage, film, sculpture and installation to tell stories. Her experimental approach has led to engagement with a range of unusual spaces, from a cell in an abandoned jail in Kintyre to a belfry in a church in Bethnal Green.


Through her work she creates narratives of sexually ambiguous monsters with mysterious motivations, inhabiting hostile landscapes; a cast of sadists, killers, lizards, violated virgins, cave-dwellers, traitors and breeders. Their stories are an intertwining of ancient myth and contemporary experience, revealing connections that transcend history, culture, gender and bodies. The aim is to queer, complicate, frustrate simple readings of female-ness and male-ness, beauty and ugliness, good and evil, human and animal, individual and composite; to enable transformation from fantasy to reality and from reality to fantasy.