DescriptionThis image is an examination of the ancient surgical procedure known as 'trepanation,' by which people drill holes in their heads with the intent of 'releasing pressure.' Theoretically, this release stimulates the mind into well-being or even transcendence. It is the oldest surgical procedure known to mankind, and crosses over many cultures and ages.
Michael Slatky, NYC Member Since August 2007 Artist Statement Michael Slatky (b. 1972) is an American artist who works in watercolor, pencil, ink, and digital media. He is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City with a B.F.A. in Illustration. He currently lives in Manhattan.
Slatky’s pieces are immediately striking; visceral, hallucinatory, and simultaneously fascinated with and repulsed by the human form. His focus is nothing short of the limitations of bodily reality and the possibility of transcendence.
In 2011, Slatky self-published his first book, "Dogs' Minds in Asphalt: Book One" in a limited edition. 2012 will see the release "Dogs' Minds in Asphalt: Book Two", as well as "Approach Me", part of an ongoing collaboration with the artists’ collective 1RODHWY.