"No other life forms know they are alive, and neither do they know they will die. This is our curse alone. Without this hex upon our heads, we would never have withdrawn as far as we have from the natural—so far and for such a time that it is a relief to say what we have been trying with our all not to say: We have long since been denizens of the natural world. Everywhere around us are natural habitats, but within us is the shiver of startling and dreadful things. Simply put: We are not from here. If we vanished tomorrow, no organism on this planet would miss us. Nothing in nature needs us."
― Thomas Ligotti, The Conspiracy Against the Human Race
"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age."
― H.P. Lovecraft
"The cold impassive stars didn't bother him so much as the gaps between them did."
― Laird Barron, The Croning
Art Created from staring at
Dread and Darkness
from outside the world
from inside it
from inside ourselves.
Lloyd Keane works with Dread and Awe in his Work. At its core Art is imbued with Mystery that is dark and numinous. Each creation brings the artist one step closer to the core Principle behind the creative impulse.