- Marc Quinn
- Pink Sphinx
signed, titled, dated 2006 and numbered 1/1 on the underside
- painted bronze
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner
In his mesmerizing work, Pink Sphinx, Marc Quinn takes Kate Moss, a modern day icon, and contorts her ubiquitous image into a yoga position of unyielding difficulty. Cast in bronze using the model's body parts, the artist created the sculpture around a position held by another, resulting in a highly constructed and inorganic composition that teeters on the edge of reality and illusion. Quinn uses Kate Moss to investigate such disparities and conflicts as those between the spiritual and the physical and the internal and the external – differences that Quinn sees as the defining traits of humanity.
A highly visible person in contemporary society, Kate Moss is immediately recognisable, and yet, by the public, not known at all. To this end, Quinn's portrait, its pink colour, blank expression and unearthly position, is the perfect representation of a woman whose image is created, emulated and idealized through a collective unconscious. While the work is a portrait, it adheres to none of the traditional notions of portraiture, making no attempt to convey her inner self; instead it presents the viewer with a portrait of an image. Rather than a person, Quinn's Pink Sphinx faces the audience as an unearthly deity, an idea, an image, to be worshiped with the same vigor in which it was collectively created.