Beautiful Ecstasy

by Michael Northrup

I love irony… not exclusively, but I have a particular appreciation for it.  And it underlies a lot of my work.  I must have been influenced by my mother who would laugh at news stories like, “Santa Loses Fingers While Stepping Off Helicopter To Wave At Kids”.  During the 50’s my older brother told me all the science fiction and horror movies we were seeing were documentaries.  And my dad, being a doctor, surgeon, and coroner, would bring humor to the dinner table on things like bowel obstructions and suicides.  My whole family was great at extracting humor out of tragedy and that has given me a way of seeing.  For me creating images is all about my daily life, those meaningful pictures I’m able to extract from it, and the personal vision I bring to those visual narratives.