Microcosmos (Mirror Sphinx), 2008
From an edition of 7
13 2/5 x 9 x 7 1/2 inches (34 x 23 x 19 cm.)
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Marc Quinn is a contemporary British artist. His artistic practice explores the human form, its relationship with nature and beauty, the quest for identity, genetics, the passing of time, human history and evolution. Quinn examines these themes through paintings, sculptures and monumental installation pieces. On the borderline between abstraction and ultra-realism, Quinn combines scientific knowledge and artistic expression to produce groundbreaking works such as his DNA portrait of the genetic scientist Sir John Sulston. As an artist he rose to prominence in 1991 with his controversial sculpture Self, a self-portrait made with ten pints of Quinn’s own blood and kept ‘alive’ at sub-zero temperatures.
One of Marc Quinn’s most acclaimed works, Microcosmos is based on a large-scale sculpture created by the artist in 2006. In this piece, he depicts the international supermodel Kate Moss, contorted into a yogic position that few can possibly get into. Quinn challenges the fragility of our belief systems, worshiping idealized icons to the ‘ultimate hallucination which drives humans to madness’.