Halos historically represented religious or holy figures. This is an idea that persisted across time, region and religion. That is, however, before halos started to fall out of fashion in the 1500’s, brought on by the increased use of realism in religious art.
The seven deadly sins are pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth. They are traditionally thought of as Christian teachings to help stop peoples inclination toward evil. They are represented throughout the ages in writing, paintings, prints and sculptures, both religious and non-religious. These ideas have permeated throughout culture and everyday life into the modern age.
In this work, each one of the seven deadly sins is personified and represented with a different color halo. It is not clearly marked which sin corresponds to which figure, it is left up to the viewer to guess based on color and body language.
These images combine and modernize interpretations on the halo and the Seven Deadly Sins.