Myth Venus

by Marc Quinn | 2005

The ‘Venus Myth’ statue refers specifically to the British supermodel, Kate Moss, who was very famous in the early 1990s. This statue positions Moss as Venus, the Goddess of Beauty, in the socio-cultural context of today’s mass media and consumerism, a time when information and consumption are driven by image rather than reality, by myth rather than science.
Like Venus, Moss became a popular figure, an ideal, but simultaneously mysterious and distant, because in fact there is little we truly grasp and know thereof. Although he brings forth our memories of the idealised figure of Venus from the repertoire of classical Western culture, Quinn also conjures up contemporary issues.