When Laurie Lipton was a child, she was the victim of a horrific kidnapping. "Suddenly, reality shifted," she says. "Before then, I was fearless. My life turned into something else. Now, people were dangerous. Stuff was incomprehensible. This made me an artist." For Lipton, suffering became a kind of gift—one that, to this day, fuels her prolific body of artwork. Lipton's macabre black-and-white drawings expose some of the most unsettling themes in our culture, such as fear, politics, sex, murder, indifference, greed, and chaos. She brings to life the grotesque sides of human nature, the haunting imagery that lurks in our unconscious.