Deborah Sengl is an Austrian contemporary artist is known for the animal art as a critic of our society and universal issues such as consumerism.Her creative processes are quite unusual and may sound a bit odd since she is working closely with a taxidermist and using animal skins to create hybrid animal-human forms in her animal sculptures and installations.
The artist said about her modern art: “I, therefore, use the animal as a metaphor of human behavior because I find that it is distracting when one portrays people – everyone starts to have a subjective view of these people and that is quite distracting.”
In one of her artwork installation, Sengl decided to use animals, like rats as a metaphor for people because she finds them similar to humans in the sense that they are quite selfish animals who think of themselves first.
She pays attention to the meticulous details, she also carefully designed small objects such as flags, newspapers, furniture or jewelry, to make the sculptural design more lively and recognizable.
“The Last Days of Mankind”, her other important contemporary sculptural were “Zebralion” from 2003 and “Home Story” from 2015. Zebralion is dealing with our obsession with brands products and our need and search for material gratification.
This is also the artist’s criticism of consumerism, which is bringing us a fake, deceptive sense of safety, dangerous for the overall functionality of the society.
In her another series, Home Story Sengl is telling stories about the strong contrast between luxurious lifestyle and horrible poverty, which are both equally present categories in our world. She makes an artistic statement about the consumerist society, through her modern art.