Catharsis is the deliberate stimulation of emotion as a means of performing psychological & spiritual purging. A ritual ablution to purify one’s senses, best summarized in the attitude, sometimes “the only way out is through”.
In this capacity, Bryan Lewis Saunders is an unsuspecting shaman, holding ceremony over the spectral shadows which haunt liminal American consciousness. Plunged into a deep channel of collective suffering, death, danger and disassociation, wading through the murky swill of unchecked psychological trauma, performing reverse hypnotic sun dances, a sweet vultureman of psychopomp and ill circumstance.
Intrigued by this dynamic character I decided to scratch the surface and my curious itch, with a follow up interview for Disinfo.