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Quinn’s Sensation Self

This post is one in a series, and is connected to the art exhibition Sensations.

You can read more about it HERE.

Some may find the content disturbing and the themes mentioned may be upsetting.

In other words, you need to make up your own mind whether it’s something you would like to engage in!

One of the most striking pieces exhibited was a sculpture by Mark Quinn titled Self.

It was life-sized and placed in a glass box.

It depicted a decapitated head of a man, eyes closed, as if in meditation.

What is striking when you come closer is the hum of the refrigerator unit that is placed below the glass case.

The sculpture was a time-consuming process and one that required a lot from the artist.

For 5 months Quinn would extract his own blood and create a sculpture of his head.

Therefore, this piece can only hold shape when frozen.

The artist repeats the process every five years.

Self is described as a death mask of blood, formed from the liquid of life and the Eucharist.

Quinn describes it as a “frozen moment on life-support,”as a maintaining the tension of an object wanting to

destroy itself, reminding us of the fragility of the human state”.

I interpret it in a different way.

I think creating art is a very personal process and it demands a lot from the artist.

There is an obligation to sacrifice a part of yourself in the process.

I feel Quinn took this notion literally, by using the fundamental element of his physical being, the element that

sustains him, and uses it as a building block for his self-expression.

Self I, II, III and IV.

If you’d like to read more on my favorite pieces from the Sensation exhibition, uou can do so via the  Sensation tag.

You can read about Jenny Seville HERE.


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