Addiction. Aggression. Antihuman. Big. Bully. Claws. Cookie Monster. Creepy. Cruel. Curious. Deviation. Dread. Doubt. Evil. Fanatic. Fangs. Fear. Feminine. Furry. Good Ole Boys. Government. Grotesque. Gun. Hairy. Hitler. Idi Amin. Insecurity. Insomnia. Internal. Isolation. King of Darkness. Loch Ness Monster. Loneliness. Mary Shelly. Misrepresentation. Monster Drinks. Monsters, Inc. Monster Mash. Monster Trucks. Mystery. Nightmare. Ogre. Other. Predator. Queer. Scary. Threat. Ugly. Unacceptable. Under the bed . . .
What comes to mind when you hear the word
monster? Is it something that lives within each one of us? Or does it find its root in the anxieties we project onto others as a fear of the unknown? Maybe monsters are more like the mental baggage that writer Jeanette Winterson writes, “[are] mostly made up of things we haven’t read, haven’t heard, haven’t seen,” in Art [Objects].