by Spencer Schillinger This gallery aims to depict the true depth of human suffering, and to connect it to our everyday lives. Art, while great for expressing a variety of positive emotions, truly serves its purpose when depicting the lowest depths of our lives. Art is a way for the artist and consumer to process all of their emotions, be they positive or negative. Life is a series of positive events strung together by pain, or maybe it's the other way around? Regardless, I think that when we focus on our suffering we can learn things that we would never otherwise. Our ability to communicate our feelings is what differentiates us from the other animals that inhabit this planet. Art is there so that we can relate to one another, and no experience is more universal than that of pain. Sure, happiness is great and all, but we are at our most human while dealing with pain and suffering. Suffering is the one true equalizer; when we are at our lowest, we are all alike, while when we are all at our highest points, our differences become glaring. We feel sympathy and empathy when others are happy, sure, but that way of relating to others is orders of magnitude away from how most normal, well-adjusted humans can relate to pain and suffering. They transcend language, culture, age, race, and gender. That is the goal of this gallery: to show true suffering, so that we may all understand.