Taking cues from a 17th century practice known as Taolennou, Gurt Swanenberg creates a new series of compelling sculptures. The original idea of Taolennou was intended to provoke awareness of the seven deadly sins to a largely illiterate population through visual imagery. Even though the skeletons are painted Swanenberg takes reference from sticker culture and collage. His overall aesthetic uses anthropology with brand name culture to comment on society's ills.
(Stephanie Young, Beautiful Decay)