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NSFW: Witness the Disturbing Outsider Expressionism of A.R.Ch. aka Михаил Сеньков

Sometimes I unearth artwork that delves into the most depraved depths of human behavior. Sometimes it’s so disturbing, I wonder why I feel compelled to search it out, and whether I should share it. When I find myself wavering like that, I know I have to share it because it’s triggering a rise of deeply buried disgust, shame, and moral corruption that I need to examine. And all of those emotions are triggered by the paintings of A.R.Ch., aka Михаил Сеньков (Mikhail Senkov). Hailing from Belarus, A.R.Ch. paints in a style that resonates in his soul — outsider expressionism — with no message to convey to us other than the messages embedded in our own DNA, begging to be acknowledged. Below, I’ve showcased a collection of some of A.R.Ch.’s most disturbing works I could find online…

There is no agenda in my works, let alone a message. They cannot be current or irrelevant. For me, in my perception, they are outside this coordinate system. But society, of course, always finds its heroes – these are the properties of the psyche. I was not surprised when I felt an increased interest in my art in recent years. People felt the fear of death, and they needed compensation.

Mikhail Senkov (A.R.Ch.), interview
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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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