All About Love. Top to bottom: Breathe, Heaven, Nature's. Copyright Marc Quinn Studio
The female body excited further comment this week with the unveiling of sculptor Marc Quinn’s series of 12 casts of the body of his muse and partner, dancer Jenny Bastet, at Sir John Soane’s Museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields in London.
Some commentators seemed discomfited by the fact that ‘the creases’ of the model’s sex were clearly on display, unlike the genital smoothness of the classical statues collected by Soane. One even accused Quinn of boasting about his passion for this beautiful dancer, judging that the presence of the sculptor’s arms around her breasts, in some of the pieces, showed an aggressive possessiveness on his part.
Since the Amorist often sighs with disbelief over ‘shock-horror’ reports of ‘camel toe’ in photographs of models and actresses, failing to understand what is deemed to be ‘shameful’ about the lovely undulations of the vulva, she was delighted to see these beautiful sculptures celebrated in one of her favourite museums in the capital.
As for Quinn’s ‘possessive’ arms, who wouldn’t want to wrap them around the body of their beloved? (One of the casts is simply titled ‘Heaven’). It seems to the Amorist that these pieces of work, in a collection called ‘All About Love’ are rare examples of reciprocal passion being expressed in public, an idea devoutly to be celebrated in the week that we divorced Europe.
Marc Quinn: Drawn from Life, at the John Soane Museum until 23 September 2017. www.soane.org
He denied it with his head held high, as any self-respecting adulterer would
Gabriel Garcia Marquez (on Bill Clinton)