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Artwork Details:

  • TypeSculpture
  • Year1991
  • MediumBlood (artist's), stainless steel, Perspex and refrigeration equipment
  • Dimensions208h x 63w x 63d cm
More about this artwork:

Self is a self-portrait of the artist, but one that literally uses his body as material since the cast of Quinn's head, immersed in frozen silicone, is created from ten pints of his own blood. In this way, the materiality of the sculpture has both a symbolic and real function.

The work was made at a time when Quinn was an alcoholic and a notion of dependency – of things needing to be plugged in or connected to something to survive – is apparent since the work needs electricity to retain its frozen appearance. A further iteration made every five years, this series of sculptures presents a cumulative index of passing time and an ongoing self-portrait of the artist's ageing and changing self.

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