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Signed Print Edition of 80
H 77cm x W 62cm
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In Damien Hirst’s Stations Of The Cross IV, Jesus Meets His Mother he explores the similarities between belief in science and religion. The purple labelled medicine bottle in the centre of the print is framed by a sterile border. The work is signed and was produced in an edition of 80 in 2005.
In 1991 Hirst stated “I can’t understand why some people believe completely in medicine but not in art, without questioning either”. This question continued to motivate Hirst’s interest in the juxtaposition between science and religion. This print, with its overt references to medical science and Christianity, explores this tension. Hirst therefore sought to explore why there was not a belief in art in the same way. This print serves as an explicit statement of that fact.
The medicine bottle, which appears to be full, occupies the central space of the print atop a brownish, purple background. The 5mL written as an instruction. Below, the quotation is a moral instruction. Through these visual methods Hirst is able to illustrate how science and religion give us directions that we follow unquestioningly. This pertinent exploration of the similarities between science and religion can compared to other works by Hirst. For instance, New Religion (Sky) takes a very similar approach: the work, produced in the same year as this print, consists of six sheets. It places different medicines in a table, coupling them with biblical references.