Petrified Sensibilities, 2017 “Petrified Sensibilities” is group of sculptures by Mexico-City based Dutch artist Anouk Kruithof as emotional laboratories. Images and materials of this particular ambiguous quality suspend all attempts at rational understanding: “Are we looking at something way too teasing, and therefore toxic?” The aerial views of environmental disasters, found or bought online, are printed on latex or plastic in order to unveil an underlying non-human shape. A whole range of medical and paramedical tools arraying all sorts of prostheses. These machine extensions come to heal and repair these body-like sculptures. Even though these images depict irreversible damage, they are extremely aestheticized. Anouk Kruithof positions her new work in a world seduced by alienated images that have lost their integrity. By appropriating the anthropo-centric visual language, she examines the human-nature relationship as one entailing contamination, displacement, mutual alternation and, finally, normalization.