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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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