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How To Disappear Completely

How To Disappear Completely
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Etching, 2002
Signed Print Edition of 68
H 91cm x W 111cm

Critical Review

Inspired by his very famous Spin paintings, Hirst created the prints in this series by attaching copper plates to a spin machine in his studio, onto which he drew linear forms with a range of sharp tools like needles and screwdrivers as the machine spun. Though using a similar technique and spin machine as the original Spin paintings, a print like How To Disappear Completely is starkly different in its use of thin lines and lack of colour.

The second half of the series’ title, ‘The Action of the World on Things’ derives from a phrase the artist coined in 1999 when he was clarifying the origins of his spot paintings. He distinguished two aspects of his work: “an involvement with death and decay, and ideas and life: the action of the world on things exists somewhere, and the colour exists somewhere else. And it’s fantastic.” In A Spin, The Action Of The World Upon Things is said to unite these two elements of Hirst’s work.

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