You Threw A Melon At My Head is one of 23 etchings that make up the first 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, depicted in crayon-like lines made up of red and yellow. The title, Hirst’s signature and the date of the print are inscribed onto the etching above and below the concentric circles.
Abstraction has been a key part of Hirst’s oeuvre since the mid-1990s. This series of prints is related to Hirst’s spin paintings that have become an iconic set of abstract works. These paintings were created with a rotating canvas attached to a spin machine, onto which he poured paint. You Threw A Melon At My Head is produced with copper plates attached to the spin machine, with the concentric circular lines drawn with needles, screwdrivers, and other sharp tools as they spun.
It is only in the later stages of Hirst’s career that he has become interested in prints and editions. His first print portfolio was produced in 1999 and was a set of screen prints that depicted medicine bottle labels. Since his first print portfolio, Hirst has ventured into the technique of etching like the prints in the In A Spin, The Action Of The World Upon Things Vol. I and II.