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To Belong

To Belong
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Etching, 2008
Signed Print Edition of 75
H 24cm x W 30cm

Critical Review

The butterfly as a symbol has become closely associated with Hirst’s work and visual language and is one of the artist’s best-known motifs. Explaining why he is so attracted to the butterfly, Hirst elaborates: “I love butterflies because when they are dead, they look alive.” Hirst discusses how the butterfly embodies the fragility of life as it retains an iridescent beauty, even in death. The use of butterflies in his artworks is therefore a means for the artist to explore themes of life and death in his art.

Butterflies are a central element of other artworks by Hirst, such as the Kaleidoscope series, in which Hirst produces magnificent patterns of concentric circles which are composed of hundreds of multi-coloured butterfly wings.