Wheel Meet Again is an etching from 2002 taken from Damien Hirst’s first volume of the In A Spin, The Action Of The World Upon Things series. The print shows concentric circles that reach beyond the borders of the composition, rendered with wiry lines in yellow, red, and green. Due to the tight-knit nature of the circling lines, this print exudes movement and speed as though it is actually spinning.
This series is important because it is directly related to Hirst’s famed series of spin paintings that he created by throwing paint onto a canvas attached to a spin machine in his studio. The resulting images were brightly coloured and totally abstract, appearing like Abstract Expressionist works. This group of etchings were created using the same spin machine, instead with a copperplate attached and sharp tools used to draw onto the plate.
Notable to this series of prints is that Hirst writes on the plates, inscribing them with titles, dates, and his signature. The writing appears child-like and misshapen because Hirst inscribed the letters onto the copperplate backwards, so that when printed they can be read from left to right. Many of the titles in the series, including Wheel Meet Again, make reference to rotation or circular shapes in various forms.