Marc Quinn ('Self')
Marc Quinn ('Self')
by Marc Quinn
blood (artist's), liquid silicone, stainless steel, glass, perspex and refrigeration equipment, 2006
80 3/4 in. x 25 5/8 in. 25 5/8 in. (2050 mm x 650 mm x 650mm)
Purchased with help from the Art Fund, the Henry Moore Foundation, Terry and Jean de Gunzburg and ProjectB Contemporary Art, 2009
Sitterback to top
- Marc Quinn (1964-), Artist. Sitter in 7 portraits, Artist or producer of 5 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Marc Quinn (1964-), Artist. Artist or producer of 5 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This self-portrait is cast with eight pints of Quinn's frozen blood. Described by the artist as a 'frozen moment on lifesupport', the work is carefully maintained in a refrigeration unit, reminding the viewer of the fragility of existence. The blood is pasteurised, but its appearance does change slightly during the sculpture's installation. The artist made a new version of Self every five years, each of which documents Quinn's own physical transformation and deterioration. The first version of Self was made in 1991 and featured in Sensation, an exhibition of work from the collection of Charles Saatchi, held at the Royal Academy in 1997.
Linked publicationsback to top
- I-Spy National Portrait Gallery, 2010, p. 59
- Edited by Rab MacGibbon and Tanya Bentley, Icons and Identities, 2021, p. 21
- Howgate, Sarah; Nairne, Sandy, A Guide to Contemporary Portraits, 2009, p. 41 Read entry
Both challenging and provoking, Marc Quinn’s work has raised many questions about the representation of the human figure in contemporary culture. Self is the latest in a series of life casts made of his own head and created from his own blood, which document the process of transformation and deterioration. Of human proportions, it sits on a polished base that reflects the viewer, so the work can be regarded as both a self-portrait and a portrait of everyone.
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 217
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Simon Schama's Face of Britain: Self (14 September 2015 - 4 January 2016)