|Under the Volcano, Acavar Bolivia, 2010|
|New Mexico Water, 2010|
|First Cataract of the Nile, 2010|
Marc Quinn (b. 1964) is part of the YBAs (Young British Artists), a group that includes Liam Gillick, Damien Hirst, and Tracey Emin, among others. Much of his work is larger-than-life, and deals with themes of nature, the body, and our relationship to both.
One way that Quinn explores these themes is through "genetic modification and hybridism"; in other words, using flowers as a stand in for human life. In one of his series, he created stunning horticultural displays of frozen flowers which are able to escape decay through an electrical power source. Similarly, in "Eternal Spring", Quinn preserves flowers indefinitely by soaking them in silicone. The paintings depicted here are eerily pristine, capturing an otherworldly perfection and simultaneously bringing to mind the constant decay that surrounds us.
Romper: Peter Pilotto for Target
Straw Hat: Purchased in St. Thomas
Marc Quinn photos from Artsy.net; photos of me by Jacque Skowvron.