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Signed Print Edition of 55
H 13cm x W 13cm
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Ethisterone is a woodcut print from Damien Hirst’s 40 Woodcut Spots series from 2011. The print shows various coloured spots arranged methodically into three rows of three. Each spot is a different colour and every print in the series represents a unique set of colour combinations.
The cold repetition and sterile aesthetic of the 40 Woodcut Spots series is reminiscent of Hirst’s early pill cabinet works such as The Void from 2000. Both works evoke a sense of endless sameness and directly allude to the realms of medicine and science. Indeed, the chemical name of each print in this series evokes a nondescript powder or pill that is abstract in its scientific mode.
The formulaic compositions of the 40 Woodcut Spots series explore the boundaries between aesthetics and science and are based in Hirst’s fascination with colour combinations and harmony. Not only this, but this almost mathematic way of structuring his compositions in the 40 Woodcut Spots series works to create visually complex works that become difficult to decipher from one another. The 40 Woodcut Spots series embodies Hirst’s artistic oeuvre that interrogates the intersections between the scientific and the artistic that are wrongly assumed to be oppositional in contemporary culture.