Thursday, February 07, 2008

Fetus sculptures on display in London

This is how cultural values change.

Marc Quinn is the man behind "Evolution"-- a series of sculptures of fetuses in various stages of development. They will be on display at the White Cube Gallery's Mason Yard in London.

I don't know if he's pro-life, but I find it interesting that he took up this particular subject matter.

The museum blurb says:

Quinn was prompted to make these works after witnessing the way many viewers reacted with repulsion to his series of figurative sculptures depicting people who are missing arms and legs. He felt the need to confront people with a direct portrayal of their own strange beginnings, the unsettling and barely recognisable shape taken by human life before birth. Developed from scans and factual photographs, these sculptures are biologically accurate but also bring to mind topical issues such as genetics and the manipulation of DNA. Each embryo or foetus appears as if it is emerging out of its raw material before our eyes, struggling in the manner of Michelangelo’s Dying Slaves, sculpted in the 1520s for Pope Julius II’s tomb in the Vatican.


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