Study for the Great EscapeArtist(s)Marc QuinnArtist NationalityBritish (modern)Object Creation Date1995Medium & Supportcollage and pencil on paperDimensions
16 in x 15 1/2 in (40.64 cm x 39.37 cm)Credit LineGift of Leonard RosenbergSubject matter
The drawing depicts a flower enveloping a figure or perhaps releasing it. To the right of the figure, the artist wrote in pencil and then erased, "Hollow void in form of person" indicating that he did not intend for a human form to be there but rather an impression of where they once were. Quinn has done several works dealing with birth and mortality so the emptiness in the shape of a person could be another one of the artist's interpretations of the lifecycle.
In 1996-98 Quinn made a series of sculptures titled No Visible Means of Escape. Each sculpture has cast of a human figure tied at the ankles upside down and the mold of the figure appears to peel out of it, becoming upright. This drawing could possibly be a preparatory piece for the series. Quinn's work often studies the relationship between people, science, and the environment.
Quinn's series can be viewed on his website:
Pencil drawing of a flower enveloping a figure.Primary Object Classification Drawing Primary Object TypeabstractCollection AreaModern and ContemporaryRights
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