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Photography is essential to making my art. With the new work (right), I'm using myself as the model and photos are a way of being able to see myself as an object. I took this photograph (left) in front of the bathroom mirror. I like having domestic social photographs in my album. Seen alongside the distortions they emphasise the undercurrents of real life. I refer to my album every day. It's my source book. MARC QUINN

'Emotional Detox', Marc Quinn's series of lead body-casts is at the Tate to 20 Aug