While I hate to pay lip service to the “beautiful people,” there are certain Kate facts that you simply cannot ignore. And Kate Moss is the most popular artist’s muse of our time. Lucian Freud, Banksy, Chuck Close, Alex Katz, Gary Hume, Stella Vine … the list goes on. The artists’ eye loves her. Why, you sane readers might ask?
Alex Katz answers: “She’s completely ordinary. That’s what makes her extraordinary.”
Well isn’t that just peachy!
In 2008, a painting of Moss, inspired by Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe, sold for a ridiculous £96,000! Yes, her face in Technicolor yellow, orange, blue and green sold for over $175,000. But, artist Marc Quinn has taken this obsession with Kate Moss to an entirely different level.
Made of solid 18-carat gold, weighing in at 110 lbs, Quinn has sculpted a life-sized Moss entitled “Sphinx,” perhaps in reference to the fact that no other such sculpture has been created since the time of the Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs. Featuring Moss in a rather intricate yoga pose, Quinn says of his creation: “She is the only person who has the ubiquity and silence that is required in an image of divinity, that has been created through time, so that we can project onto it.”
Seriously! I’m pretty sure that isn’t what he was thinking when he decided to place Moss’ frozen likeness in that position. But what do I know? I’ll let you be the judge.