Iris - Marc Quinn

Found this article in The Guardian very topical – it has resonances for our “Art Works” project. Lots of interesting thoughts about the power of art to illuminate science – and the power of science to inspire art. To paraphrase a quote from scientist Valerie Hazan: in order to be a good scientist – or a good artist – you have to be able to see beyond the obvious.

The article features a discussion of the “Iris” series of paintings by Marc Quinn (image, left) – beautiful, slightly disturbing portraits of one of the most intimate parts of the human body.

There seems to be so much potential creative energy locked up inside collaborations and partnerships with non-artists. Almost makes you wonder why we bother going to art galleries at all!