This portfolio features thirteen photogravure etchings: 6 etchings of butterflies, 6 etchings of skulls and 1 diamond skull etching with hand-coloring in gouache printed on 400gsm Velin Arches paper contained in a box designed by Damien Hirst. The subjects of the etching are representative of Hirst most familiar iconography – the skull, the diamond and the butterfly – which explore fundamental ideas about existence.
His work highlights the duality that lies at the heart of human experience, from our inexorable struggles between life and death, beauty and decay, desire and fear, love and loss. The viewer is confronted in each work by the physical representation, or its meticulously honed depiction, of those beliefs, ideas, conditions and institutions which shape the common basis of human experience.
“People are afraid of change, so you create a kind of belief for them through repetition. It’s like breathing. So I’ve always been drawn to series and pairs.„