Unsettling taxidermy sculptures combine humans and animals

Unsettling taxidermy sculptures combine humans and animals

Deborah Sengl is known for her paintings, drawings, and taxidermy sculptures that skillfully parse together animal, human, and floral anatomy to create visually explicit commentaries on humanity, society, and social structures.

Several motifs running through this Austrian-based artist’s work are the predator/prey dynamic, animal cruelty, and corruption. Sengl’s 2010 sculptural series, ‘Killed to be Dressed’ encompasses all three themes. Its grim humor depicts animals, hunted for furs and pelts, getting the better of their human predators, and in turn wearing human finger-boots, an arm-shawl, a nipple-purse, and an eyeball-necklace, amongst other things.

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