Marc Quinn – Endless Column (Micro Cosmos), Lips

In 2008, Quinn gained international recognition for his series of Kate Moss sculptures, beginning with Siren, which was unveiled at the British Museum in 2008. Siren depicts Moss in a contorted yogic pose that stands as a metaphor for the way in which popular culture objectifies and distorts her body, such that she resembles an abstract image rather than a real human being.

Endless Column (Micro Cosmos), Lips, constructed of white painted bronze resembles Siren aesthetically and metaphorically in its engagement with the perception of beauty. However, it evokes Brancusi’s Endless Column series of repeating, truncated pyramids. By aligning himself with the great master of bronze sculpture, Quinn demonstrates his knowledge and experimentation with art history.