And, keeping up the plinth theme, here's a Sunday Times piece, what are the big ideas driving the arts these days? which in the Art section features Marc Quinn, the man responsible for that statue of a pregnant Alison Lapper on the fourth plinth. So, what are the big ideas driving Art these days?
One of the essential things of the moment is tackling embodiment in an age of disembodiment. We live in virtual space as much as we do in real space. It’s to do with using the internet, e-mails and all those forms of communication. A lot of my work explores what it means to be a body living in the world. The Kate Moss sculpture is about disembodiment, because it’s a sculpture not of her as a person, but of her image. We measure our lives against disembodied ideals. This is a human trait, but becomes more prominent with new technology.
He's discovered celebrity, some 40 years after Warhol.
I’m also interested in how we affect nature. Issues like climate change get refracted through the lens of my flower paintings. The flowers at the florists would never normally grow at the same time and in the same place. Many of them have been flown in. Human desire is shaping nature.
And he's discovered that people change nature, some 10,000 years after the introduction of agriculture.
I think we can infer from this that the big ideas in art nowadays are dressed-up old ideas.