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Damien Hirst: Dixit Insipiens (diamond dust) - Signed Print

Dixit Insipiens (diamond dust)
Signed Print

Damien Hirst


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Screenprint, 2009
Signed Print Edition of 50
H 74cm x W 71cm

Critical Review

The print was made in 2009 and is part of the artist’s Psalms series which he started in 2008. Composed of 150 works, Hirst uses butterfly wings on painted canvases in each print. The Latin name of the print refers to a psalm from the Old Testament. While the name of the print clearly references Christianity, and the colours allude to stained glass church windows, the prints in the series also seem to reference the abstract patterns of Hindu and Buddhist mandalas.

Hirst is interested in contemporary belief systems, such as religion, and often explores these systems in his artworks. The butterfly, as an insect imbued spiritual symbolism, is an apt icon for exploring such themes. The butterfly as an icon was used by the Greeks to depict Psyche and the soul and is also found in Christian imagery to signify the resurrection. By using this loaded symbol, Hirst is able to incorporate various religious influences into his artworks.

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