Monday, 7 June 2010


Marc Quinn  'Iris' series.

In October 2009, Marc Quinn held an exhibition at the Mary Boone Gallery in Fifth Avenue.

Each work depicts large renditions of the iris of the human eye, spotted and permeated with bright colours.

He also created the controversial massive marble sculpture of a pregnant Alison Lapper who was born without arms,  placed on the 4th plinth in Trafalgar Square, London and the 'Sphinx' sculpture of Kate Moss.

These round art works resonate with my tanker disks.  I just love the vibrancy of the rust colour and the blues. 

"These round canvases each depict in gigantic scale, the iris of a human eye - turbulently streaked and spotted, suffused with bright colours, and highly individual.  Although photo-realistic, the disembodied images might equally serve as renditions of whirling interstellar space".

These comments have been made about my tanker disks too.  What I cannot ascertain is whether these are totally painted or whether they are digital images which have been enhanced with paint.

At first I thought these images were concave disks of perspex or glass, but they are canvases.

This series of work has been considered to be 'interstellar', or 'cosmic'.  Since Biblical times, the eyes have been likened to representations of the soul.  Quinn considers the eyes to be "doors of perception"

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Quinn said, "They are like a leakage of the vivid interior world of the body to the monochrome world of the skin".

I do not share my husband, Mel's, love of flying.  On one flight on a beautiful sunny evening when there were masses of puffy cumulus clouds (to be avoided) I was almost swayed.  On the clouds was a beautiful round rainbow.  The pilot, Jim, placed our shadow in the centre of it.  It can be stunning up there, especially above the clouds.

The exhibition at the Mary Boone Gallery, Fifth Avenue, New York.

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