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Quinn sees the skeleton as representative of an everyman, an abstraction of a person since it is the part of the body which transcends death. The sculptures Angel and Waiting for Godot take the form of a praying skeleton and are an ironic reference to the idea of waiting for answers – or for some kind of external power to guide our life. The series of burning sculptures such as Matter into Light: On the Transformation of Energy use real flames to reflect the idea that we all become part of the world after death and were inspired by the burning funeral pyres in Varanasi, India. Quinn has also created a sense of resurrection in the levitating skeletons, where flowers and fruit emerging from the skeleton suggest transcendence.

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