Marc Quinn

For my first blog post, I will focus on contemporary artist Marc Quinn.  Quinn is most famous for his provocative sculptures, which reflect on such issues as mortality, deformity, imperfection, and manipulation of the body.  His work is a combination of science and art, focusing mostly on the human body and how we perceive ourselves and others.  He challenges what we consider beautiful and perfect and questions our reactions to things considered otherwise.  His inspiration comes from friend and fellow artist, Allison Lapper, who was born without arms and with very shortened legs.  Quinn’s style includes the manipulation of scale and position, creating larger-than-life sculptures and positioning them so that they appear to be suspended in mid-air or balancing precariously on the tips of their toes.  Some of his figures appear to be in nearly impossible and very painful yoga poses.  A few also are missing arms or heads or have disproportionate limbs.

I like Marc Quinn’s work because he challenges the concept of beauty and compares how we value imperfection in art yet reject imperfection in ourselves and others.  My personal favorite is “Self”, a series of stainless-steel sculptures that portray his own head and contain eight pints of his frozen blood.  His inspiration for this was his own fascination with DNA and how the body regenerates itself.  His other works include “Kate”, “Siren”, and “Sphinx” in which seemingly awkward contortions of the body produce surprisingly elegant shapes and patterns.

His official website is .


One response to “Marc Quinn

  1. Those sculptures are fascinating. I like the point you (and the artist) make about how we value imperfections (be unique!) and yet, as a society, reward conformity and punish what we view as “deformity”. Very powerful.

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