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Your Taste

Your Taste
Signed Print

Damien Hirst

Etching, 2015
Signed Print Edition of 55
H 92cm x W 67cm

Critical Review

The Wonder Of You series plays on the spiritual symbolism of the butterfly that has remained prominent throughout Hirst’s career. The motif of the butterfly has been used by the Greeks to depict Psyche, the soul, and in Christian imagery represents resurrection. Your Taste is indicative of the way that Hirst uses the butterfly motif as a ‘universal trigger’ that represents feelings of love and hope for many people.

Hirst’s use of the butterfly in this series differs significantly from his first reference to the insect in his In and Out of Love (Butterfly Paintings And Ashtrays) installation from 1991. This work included live butterflies and was an exploration of ‘the way the real butterfly can destroy the idea (birthday-card) kind of love; the symbol exists apart from the real thing.’ The series title The Wonder Of You, exemplifies this idealised beauty as separate from the insect itself that Hirst encapsulates in his work.