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Damien Hirst: Dome - Signed Print

Signed Print

Damien Hirst


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Etching, 2009
Signed Print Edition of 59
H 119cm x W 116cm

Critical Review

Evocative of stained glass windows in Gothic architecture, Dome explores tensions between the scientific and the aesthetic. The wings used to create the geometric pattern appear like insects on display in a natural history museum. The aesthetic comes into play in the creation of a beautiful pattern exuding kinetic energy that is exciting and mesmerising to look at.

For Hirst, the butterfly is a ‘universal trigger’ that many people share in finding attractive and joyous. Recalling someone once saying to him: ‘Butterflies are beautiful, but it’s a shame they have disgusting hairy bodies in the middle,’ Hirst in works like this chose only to display the dazzling wings in Dome. Across the series, the butterfly wing is rendered unrecognisable when viewed at a distance and as part of a larger intricate pattern.

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