Love and hatred can be considered opposing sides of the same coin, overlapping and influencing each other in life. They also both activate the same region in our brains, leading to heightened states of passion, obsession, and often similar behaviors. Motivated by love or hatred, individuals might commit heroic, bold, or simply evil acts. At their extremes, love and hatred can lead to obsession, a state in which we lavish the object of our passion with an excess of attention. When we’re in love with someone we want to know everything about them and find reasons to love them even more. For those we despise, we want further evidence to support our animosity.
There's a saying, "Don't hate someone too much, it may bloom into love." Psychologists support the notion that a fine line exists between love and hatred. The strongest and most passionate emotions that we hold for one another are apt to result in devastation or transcendence.
Devastating Loves & Transcendent Hatreds features artwork created by women (including those who identify as female and non-binary) in a variety of media and materials that tell stories of these extreme emotional states—of passion and obsession, devastation and transcendence.