H1-6 Enter The Infinite - Rapture

H1-6 Enter The Infinite - Rapture
Tapestry

Damien Hirst

Tapestry, 2016
Tapestry Edition of 20

Critical Review

The tapestry was made by Hirst using a Jacquard loom. The Jacquard loom was invented in 1804 and uses a series of punch cards to control the weaving of patterns. This mechanical loom revolutionised the weaving process and meant that unskilled workers could make complex textile patterns in a fraction of the time that it would have taken to produce them by hand. The tapestry is one of twelve tapestries that belong to Hirst’s Enter The Infinite collection, all of which were made using the Jacquard loom.

The use of the mechanical loom captures how Hirst has had a long-standing interest in the intersection between mechanical reproduction and art. Hirst’s affinity with the screen printing technique also reflects this fascination which probes one to consider the value of an artwork and the concept of originality.

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