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With his series simply entitled Self, the British artist Marc Quinn creates self-portraits with his own blood. For this strange and disturbing project star

Blood – An artist creates disturbing self-portraits with his own blood

With his series simply entitled Self, the British artist Marc Quinn creates self-portraits with his own blood. For this strange and disturbing project star

'Self', 2001 Marc Quinn makes self-portraits using nine pints of his own, frozen blood. His idea is inspired by Rembrandt’s self-portraits, and Quinn intends to make one every five years. Entitled Self, the blood sculptures require him to visit the doctor every six weeks to have blood taken out. One was bought up by the Saatchi gallery, but began to melt after it was rumoured Nigella Lawson accidentally turned the refrigerator off.

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This is a sculpture (or mold) of artist Marc Quinns head made from liters of his own frozen blood. The blood is taken from this body over a period of five months. The work is then repeated every five years to establish a unique record of the artist aging.

Mark Quinn. The Zone (On the Condensation of Matter). 2012.

Marc Quinn, The Zone (On the Condensation of Matter) 2012

Mark Quinn's Self 2006

Self - Marc Quinn - 2006 - Blood (artist's), stainless steel, perspex and refrigeration equipment

This is Marc Quinn’s most famous piece of work, Self, made using 4.5 litres of his own blood, which was slowly extracted from his body over a period of five months and frozen in a cast of his face. Quinn has been making these roughly every five years since 1991, and each one must be maintained carefully in fridges. The fragility of the media means exhibiting is difficult - the head has to be placed into a glass case which is chilled from underneath.

This is a sculpture (or mold) of artist Marc Quinns head made from liters of his own frozen blood. The blood is taken from this body over a period of five months. The work is then repeated every five years to establish a unique record of the artist aging.

ordovicianfauna: Separation of Body and Soul (River Varanasi) by Marc Quinn, oil on canvas, 2012

Marc Quinn — Blood Head, self-portrait with his own frozen blood. Marc Quinn (born 1964) is a British artist & one of a loose group known as the Young British Artists. He is known for Alison Lapper Pregnant (a sculpture of which has been installed on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square) and Garden (2000). Quinn has used blood, ice and feces to make sculptures; his work sometimes refers to scientific development.

Marc Quinn — Blood Head, self-portrait with his own frozen blood.

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