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Artwork Details:

  • TypeSculpture
  • Year2005
  • MediumPolymer wax
  • Dimensions23h x 69.5w x 46.5d cm
More about this artwork:

“In 2003, my son had a severe anaphylactic reaction to the first bottle of formula baby milk he was given. His allergy was so severe that milk and wheat were life-threatening for the first three and a half years of his life. Apart from his mother’s breast milk he could only drink Neocate, a food powder made in the lab which the body does not recognize as milk. This inspired me to make the sculpture Innoscience, a sculpture of him at eight months asleep, cast in a special high-melt polymer wax mixed with Neocate milk powder. It was like a chemical equivalent for the changes in his body and a celebration of science and medicine. Free was made in 2005 when my son’s body cured itself of its allergy, as most children with this condition do. It is the same sculpture with the arms open, the first milliseconds of an awakening from the frozen state that was the illness." - Marc Quinn, Recent Sculptures Catalogue, Groninger Museum, 2006

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