Michael Swaney is a self-taught painter. Nevertheless, he is not considered an outsider, as in modern times the excluded, the crazy, the children and members of foreign, “exotic” cultures were called. Swaney’s inspiration, however, lies here, in art brut. Often the characters bear names of these outsider artists. “his picasso” was aloïse corbaz, swaney tells us. Nevertheless, he says, he is a child of mass media, of pop and emoji culture, in which communication is about big heads.