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Artwork Details:

  • TypeSculpture
  • Year2004
  • MediumWax, synthetic polymer, dried glucose syrup, fractionated coconut oil, hybrid safflower oil, canola oil, L-Arginine L-Lysine L-Aspartate, L-Glutamine, emulsifier (E472 (c)), L-Leucine, tripotassium citrate, calcium phosphate dibasic, L-Phenylalanine, trisodium citrate, L-Proline, L-Valine, Glycine, L-Isoleucine, N-Acetyl L-Methionine, L-Theonine, magnesium chloride, L-Histidine, L-Serine, L-Alanine, potassium chloride, L-Tryptophan, Choline Bitartrate, L-Tyrosine, sodium chloride, L-Cystine, taurine, ascorbic acid, ferrous sulphate, L-Carnitine, zinc sulphate, Inositol, Nicotinamide, DL-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Calcium-D-Pantothenate, copper sulphate, manganese sulphate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, vitamin A acetate, folic acid, potassium iodide, sodium selenite, sodium molybdate, vitamin K1, biotin, chromium chloride, vitamin D3 and cyanocobalamin
  • Dimensions25h x 68w x 32.5d 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 recognise 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. After making this piece I became interested in other conditions which could be kept in check by taking a drug or compound. What I also realised was that these sculptures are like the marble ones (The Complete Marbles) turned inside out, the lack is interior and invisible and the prosthetic is chemical, not physical. All the figures are portrayed sleeping, but with the bedclothes and pillows removed, which gives them the impression of floating just above the ground on which they are displayed.” - Marc Quinn, Recent Sculptures Catalogue, Groninger Museum, 2006

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