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  • Torso (lamb), 2003.

    Torso (lamb), 2003.

    Marc Quinn

    Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)
    Royal Hospital Military Road Kilmainham
    July 1–September 12, 2004

    Curated by Rachael Thomas

    Best known for casting his head from his own frozen blood—and more recently achieving notoriety for a sculpture of his newborn son’s head made from liquidized placenta—British artist Marc Quinn employs a gutsy aesthetic to probe identity, mortality, and science's impact on the two. His first solo show in Ireland, however, doesn’t require any refrigeration units: Although sculpted in various chopped meats, the forty-one new sculptures here are cast in black bronze. Abstracting human form yet echoing classical statuary, these works inaugurate a journey from seduction to shock and back again. Meanwhile, catalogue essays by curator Rachel Thomas, psychotherapist Susie Orbach, and psychoanalyst Darian Leader promise to get under Quinn's own skin.