This piece consisted of animal fat sitting on a chair to symbolise the human body, its impermanent condition, and the tendencies for social life to conform to constructed convention. It was kept in a temperature controlled glass museum case where the fat was left to decay until it almost completely disappeared 19 years later.
Now here’s one with a bit of an eew factor; Maurizio Savini uses chewed chewing gum to construct his sticky creations. He originally thought that the pink and white gum was the perfect malleable medium to use for his sculptures… well, until his customers discovered that after a couple of months, the high sugar content of the gum wore down the interior structure of the sculptures, which completely fell apart! He then found himself in a STICKY situation with customers who were demanding money back.
Gary Blum from Rochester, New York didn’t have to buy expensive paints or pencils to create his unique pictures, he looked no further than the nearby Silver Lake to collect his materials. where 30 tonnes of goose poo was deposited every day to collect his materials. He has been selling his goose poo portraits which he dubs “Sh*theads” for the last 30 years - don’t worry they are still available to order online!
British Artist Mark Quinn is known for using unconventional materials to explore the human form. One of the best know is his self portrait or ‘Self’ that was created using a silicone cast of his own head filled with ten pints of his own frozen blood. The portrait reflects a time in his life where he fought with alcoholism and represents the notion of dependency relying on electricity to maintain it’s frozen state.
Let’s just hope that they don’t suffer a power outage...