“For me, Alison Lapper Pregnant is a monument to the future possibilities of the human race as well as the resilience of the human spirit”
Alison Lapper Pregnant (2005), one of Quinn’s most famous sculptures, is a fifteen-ton marble statue of the heavily pregnant and disabled Alison Lapper, exhibited on the fourth plinth at London’s Trafalgar Square.
Marc Quinn is a British artist who was born in London in 1964 and graduated from Cambridge, studying history and the history of art, in 1986. Quinn’s sculptures, paintings and drawings explore the relationship between art and science, the human body and the perception of beauty. Other key subjects Quinn’s oeuvre has been focusing on include growth cycles, genetics and the manipulation of DNA. Quinn came to prominence in 1991 with his sculpture Self (1991); a cast of the artist’s head made from eight pints of his own frozen blood. Quinn is also known for Siren (2008); a solid gold sculpture of the model Kate Moss displayed at The British Museum in London, and Planet (2013), a monumental rendition of the artist’s son as a sleeping baby, permanently installed at The Gardens by The Bay in Singapore. Quinn’s work uses a broad range of materials, both traditional and untraditional such as blood and ice. The materiality of the object, in both its elemental composition and surface appearance, is at the heart of Quinn’s work. Quinn has exhibited in many important exhibitions internationally including Give and Take, Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2001), the 50th Venice Biennale (2003) and the Gwangju Biennale (2004).