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Journey for the Reformulation of Ethics : A Dual Strategy in Marc Quinn's Works

  • The Journal of Aesthetics and Science of Art
  • Abbr : JASA
  • 2018, 54(), pp.73-108
  • DOI : 10.17527/JASA.54.0.03
  • Publisher : 한국미학예술학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Published : June 30, 2018

LeeMoonJung 1

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ABSTRACT

Marc Quinn's work explores how personal and social values are formed, realized, and interpreted differently according to the times, and pores over unsettled boundaries, reestablishment of the relationship between identity and heterogeneity, and expression of individuality and difference. Hence, Quinn depicts the extreme difference which is hard to be tolerated or the subject's situation that cannot be wholly explained in any language, and presents the events that their meanings are fixed or changed in a moment. He also shakes public order and norms, which have been considered as the truths, by inheriting and dismantling the classical tradition. His work, which is reconsidering the value of diversity(difference) that should be regarded as incompatible, makes you reserve the value judgment and highlights the journey of exploring the meaning. Quinn's work expresses in this way herethics of sexual difference that Julia Kristeva argued. Kristeva attempts the reformulation of ethics as a model for an alternative ethics escaping from restrictions and repression through poetry, maternity, and psychoanalysis, not ethical questions or submission to the law. As Kristeva did, Quinn interprets and depicts Christianism from a contemporary perspective while he reveals religion is an illusion that satisfies human wishes. And he shows delusions of love that human beings chase and crave, and suggests that the history of mankind may be artificially constructed and distorted. Religion, value, and history are all relative and fluid that the subjects build and change. He also quests for the subject's identity, personal and social roles through portrait sculptures of people who have had their bodies amputated. He reveals that new value and new look suitable for the changing subject and world are required by reproducing beings who are derogated and defined as abnormal in a rash moment just because they are different. Lastly, Quinn practices art in the way of embracing differences by reproducing a pregnant body and motherhood. Quinn's work formulates his philosophy based on the reality containing truths of an endlessly changing world, which is subtle, complicated, and diverse, so that he tolerates heretical herethics that ultimately embraces heterogeneity and alterity.

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