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Artwork Details:

  • TypeSculpture
  • Year2004
  • MediumBronze and black patina
  • Dimensions13h x 39w x 16d cm
More about this artwork:

"Nineteenth-century artists like Rodin took clay and attempted to make it feel like flesh. I thought a more contemporary way to make a figurative sculpture would be to make it directly in flesh, in this case animal flesh. I made these sculptures as the Iraq war was happening and images of suffering human bodies were all over the news. However, they are also about the way humans pretend not to be animals and eat them without conscience. They are in a way about denial in all its forms, the denial which enables one human to see another as different enough to have to kill; enables us to pet a dog while eating a hamburger. Somehow, it felt to me that these animals – whose bodies were never destined to remain whole, but were to be made invisible and divided into a thousand shrink-wrapped sausages or steaks – deserved an acknowledgement of their sacrifice. To me they are beautiful and terrible at the same time, something about being human learnt from animals." - Marc Quinn, Recent Sculptures Catalogue, Groninger Museum

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