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Self-Portraits Made From Human Blood


Every 5 years, artist Marc Quinn creates a mould of his head using his blood and silicone. Each week a doctor draws a pint of blood from Quinn which he then freezes to save for his next mould. He estimates that he uses about 260 pints for each project.

via Quinn’s site:

Self is a self-portrait of the artist, but one that literally uses his body as material since the cast of Quinn’s head, immersed in frozen silicone, is created from ten pints of his own blood. In this way, the materiality of the sculpture has both a symbolic and real function. The work was made at a time when Quinn was an alcoholic and a notion of dependency – of things needing to be plugged in or connected to something to survive – is apparent since the work needs electricity to retain its frozen appearance. A further iteration made every five years, this series of sculptures presents a cumulative index of passing time and an ongoing self-portrait of the artist’s ageing and changing self.

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An Interview with Artist Bryan Lewis Saunders

Catharsis is the deliberate stimulation of emotion as a means of performing psychological & spiritual purging.  A ritual ablution to purify one's senses, best summarized in the attitude, sometimes "the only way out is through". In this capacity, Bryan Lewis Saunders is an unsuspecting shaman, holding ceremony over the spectral shadows which haunt liminal American consciousness.  Plunged into a deep channel of collective suffering, death, danger and disassociation, wading through the murky swill of unchecked psychological trauma, performing reverse hypnotic sun dances, a sweet vultureman of psychopomp and ill circumstance. Intrigued by this dynamic character I decided to scratch the surface and my curious itch, with a follow up interview for Disinfo.
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