Marc Quinn, 'Self', 1991
The sculpture of the artist's head is made of 9.5 pints of his own frozen blood taken from his body over a period of time. The fact that he used his own blood alludes to the idea that a self-portrait is in a way a self-sacrifice. It literally portrays an idea of how an artist 'spends' himself when creating.
The technique instantly shocks and provokes its viewer, which is really striking and confrontational. A self portrait which involves a tremendous amount of commitment and dedication.
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