Taken from Damien Hirst’s striking series The Wonder Of You from 2015, Your Feel is an etching that shows an image of seven butterflies depicted in photographic detail. The butterflies are rendered in bright, saturated colours and set against a colour field of blood red. In line with much of his work from the 2010s, Your Feel is highly appealing in its richness of colour.
Much of Hirst’s work seeks to explore the uncertainties at the core of human experience: love, life, death, loyalty and betrayal through unconventional media. The Wonder Of You points to this exploration in its title, each of the prints describing a point of attraction such as Your Beauty and Your Heart.
Speaking to the artist’s preoccupation with the concept that art mirrors life, his use of the butterfly motif has remained prominent throughout his career. Not only is each butterfly born with a unique pattern that mimics the individuality that underscores much of human life, but the butterfly for Hirst symbolises growth, change, life and death. The butterfly motif appears both in printed editions as well as in installations where visitors are situated in a room of live butterflies.