Mark Quinn: Self (ongoing project)

Quinn’s self portrait “self” is his signature piece in the art world. A frozen sculpture of the artist’s head made from 4.5 litres of his own blood, taken from his body over a period of 5 months.

Described by Quinn as a ‘frozen moment on lifesupport’, the work is carefully maintained in a refrigeration unit, reminding the viewer of the fragility of existence. The artist makes a new version of Self every five years, each of which documents Quinn’s own physical transformation and deterioration.

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