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Damien Hirst: The Souls IV (cornflower blue, raven black) - Signed Print

The Souls IV (cornflower blue, raven black)
Signed Print

Damien Hirst


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Foil Block, 2010
Signed Print Edition of 15

Critical Review

Hirst is fascinated by religion and his work, like The Souls series, addresses the timeless endless renewing of faith in the face of mortality. The butterfly is used by the artist as a traditional symbol of the soul, and of the soul’s presence on Earth before transmigration to an afterlife. Thus, in the gallery space, The Souls create an all-encompassing effect that surrounds the viewer.

Speaking of the display of The Souls in the gallery space, Hirst has explained: “This comes from an idea to fill the gallery with butterflies, an idea that I’ve had before. When I think of ‘The Souls’ I think of Judgement Day and ‘Jacob’s ladder’. Many souls work better than one, so to hang them…and to use all the available space is great way of doing it theologically.”

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