Frozen Blood Self-Portraits by Marc Quinn

Marc Quinn using his own blood to create a detailed self-portait frozen bust project titled 'Self'.

Self 2006

The project was made as a means of recording the changes of his face throughout the years.

Self 2001

For each of his frozen portraits, Quinn used between 4.5 litres of his own blood, extracted over a period of five months. After creating a detailed mold of his face, he froze the blood in refrigeration units at a constant temperature of -15 degrees Celcius to stop them from liquefying.

Self 1996

"By some freak coincidence, the volume of my head is the volume of the circulation system of my body, about nine pints. In the years I'm making a blood head I go and visit my doctor every six weeks and he takes a pint out in the same way as if i was giving blood. I do feel a bit tired the day after but one of the great things about the sculptures to me is that they are about the amazing regenerative power of the human body, in that I exist, and five of these sculptures exist so there are about 60 pints of my blood in the world and I'm still alive."

Self 1991

"In a funny way I think "Self," the frozen head series, is about the impossibility of immortality. This is an artwork on life support. If you unplug it, it turns to a pool of blood. It can only exist in a culture where looking after art is a priority. It's unlikely to survive revolutions, wars and social upheaval, I also think that the total self portrait-ness of using my blood and my body has an ironic factor as well, in that even though the sculpture is my form and made from the material from my body, to me if just emphasises the difference between a truly living person and the materials which make that person up. The sort of literalist point that has been missed by the cryogenicists who freeze themselves for supposed future regeneration."

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