Marc Quinn

Grob Gallery

Self (both works 1991) is a frozen cast of Marc Quinn’s head made from the artist’s blood. By planning the form of the mold to include most of his neck, Quinn insured that the volume of blood needed to completely cast the form would equal roughly eight pints—the total blood volume of an average adult male. The blood collection process occurred over the course of five months; afterwards it was a relatively simple matter to “cast” the piece by freezing. The bust is displayed in a double-glazed Plexiglas enclosure that sits atop a stunning high-tech refrigeration unit, complete with digital temperature readout informing us that the piece is being maintained at a cool minus seven degrees centigrade. The surface of this solid mass remains surprisingly active, however, even though it is thoroughly frozen and virtually hermetically sealed. In just a few weeks’ time dramatic color changes transformed

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