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Signed Print Edition of 55
H 100cm x W 66cm
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New Religion (Sky) is a work comprised of six sheets by British artist, Damien Hirst, released in an edition of 55 in 2005. This is one of the six sheets. It has a grid within which pills are placed. Below them in bold a reference to a biblical story is written. There are biblical references in bold panels. The background of the work is a blue sky.
New Religion (Sky) explores the concept of belief. Hirst once stated that he could not “understand why some people believe completely in medicine but not in art, without questioning either”. New Religion (Sky) seeks to do just that: he seeks to question why there is no unwavering belief in art. The use of the sky as a backdrop, coupled with the biblical references, all allude to Hirst’s exploration of belief. The presence of medicine relates to his interest in science.
Both references in this work, the religious and the scientific, have been explored elsewhere in Hirst’s oeuvre. For instance, the Cathedral series makes several references to relation and its relationship with art. Alternatively, Hirst’s sculptures, most notably his medicine cabinet sculpture and his pharmacy (a room installation at the tate) all considered people considered medicine. Hirst stated that “this kind of big happy, smiling, minimal, colourful, confident façade that medicine and drug companies put up is not flawless”. New Religion (Sky), much like Hirst’s pharmacy, explore the concept of immortality and the futile nature of medicine.