Nancy Hightower writes here on the Putto Series:
The grotesque is often used as a synonym for all that is dark, obscene, bizarre, and even gruesome. That is a rather lazy definition for an aesthetic that robs us momentarily of our ability to rationalize and categorize things. The truly grotesque moves us more into a sense of mystery — into the world of things that are now given life and essence. We encounter such movement in the 3-D work of visual artist Michael Rees.