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Blood, semen and tears: why artists are obsessed with using their bodily fluids

Rose-Lynn Fisher's series of landscapes made from tears is the latest in a long line of works created with the outpourings of artists' bodies from Andres Serrano's Piss Christ to Antony Gormley's drawings in semen and blood

Art made with bodily fluids appears the essence of the weirdly and wonderfully new. Artist Rose-Lynn Fisher, for instance, has just made a series of landscape images using what she claims are 100 varieties of tears revealing the difference between tears of sorrow and tears caused by chopping onions, and many other instances of weeping. Well, if you cry easily, you may as well get some art out it, I suppose.

This tearful art joins with outpourings of piss most famously Andres Serrano's Piss Christ and ejaculations of semen like Vito Acconci's Seedbed (who masturbated for eight hours) in the copious archive of body fluid art. Another artist who has used semen is Antony Gormley, while Matthew Barney extrudes all kinds of strange stuff in The Cremaster Trilogy, most of it probably synthetic but we can't be sure.

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