Windmills Of My Mind is one of 14 etchings that make up the second volume of Damien Hirst’s In A Spin, The Action Of The World Upon Things from 2002. The print shows a set of concentric circles rendered in very faint, broken lines. Windmills Of My Mind is one of the more subdued prints in the series in terms of colour and line.
The In A Spin, The Action Of The World Upon Things portfolio is directly inspired by Hirst’s very famous spin paintings that he began producing in 1993. These works were created with a spin machine in the artist’s studio, onto which he attached a circular canvas that he then threw paint on. These etchings were created using the same spin machine, instead with copper plates attached and sharp tools to draw the concentric circles.
The title of this print refers to the song ‘Windmills Of Your Mind’ by Sting. Hirst has had an enduring enthusiasm for popular contemporary music throughout his career, once claiming that the Beatles have been more influential on his work than Picasso. Indeed, the circular patterns that form the basis of this series are reminiscent of grooved vinyl LPs and the scratching of the patterns onto the copper plates could be likened to the stylus on a record player.