The Forces of Nature by Marc Quinn

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Marc Quinn is a British contemporary visual artist of a very high repute and caliber. His repertoire include sculptures, paintings and installations. We were fortunate to be able to stand in front of his sculpture called ”The Conservation of Mass” and admire as it was displayed in the grounds of the Museum of Islamic Arts (MIA) Doha. This majestic looking 2015 stainless steel piece is of dimensions 263h X 750w x 192d cm was part of his first solo exhibition in the region.

Varshika had made a brief video presentation of this sculpture in her own way during our visit.
This is part of Quinn’s wider body of works titled “Frozen Waves” characterized by minimal arches, gestural shapes and stainless steel construction. The artist cautions that these are not sculptures of waves but an unwitting self-portrait by nature.
These has been inspired by the brute authority of nature that constantly enforces the “dust to dust” existence of all living creatures. Each piece are reminiscent of the gestural shapes we witness in the eroding conch shells before nature turns them back to sand particles. The immense force of nature gets crystalized into solid forms through these artworks.
All names are borrowed from the science of fluid dynamics for that extra sensation that touches through our eardrums.
The Conservation of Mass
The Conservation of Culture
The Conservation of Matter
The Conservation of Linear Momentum
The Conservation of Ultra Gravity
The Conservation of Turbulent Flow
The Conservation of Subsonic Flow


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