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Published by HENI editions in 2022, Hirst’s H10 The Empresses are a set of 5 intricate butterfly compositions, available as physical works or as NFTs. The H-10 The Empresses collection was completed by Hirst in 2022 and published by HENI Editions. Each laminated giclée print in the collection is printed on aluminium composite and screen printed with glitter which gives the prints a dazzling finish.
The prints in this collection are all named after an Empress, as indicated by the collection’s title. The Empresses Hirst chooses are all linked to notable historical periods in which they exerted significant influence. Wu Zetian, for example, was an important figure in the consolidation of the Tang Dynasty and Empress Theodora brought about notable changes to Byzantine society. Other Empresses that Hirst uses as inspiration for the collection are Nūr Jahān the de-facto Empress of the Mughal Empire, Suiko, the first recorded empress of Japan and Taytu Betul, the Empress of Ethiopia in the 19th century.