In direct line with the Sanctum series, themselves following the artist’s large butterflies collage gloss paintings, Damien Hirst aims once again with the Psalm series to capture beauty, to seize and fix the ephemera. Adopting the gestures of an all-mighty collector, he meticulously arranges and composes each wing to better dominate.
Psalm - Benedictus Dominus accompanied by its evocative title recalls the infinite precision, the penetrating light, the dangerous fragility as well as the mesmerizing colours of Cathedrals’ and churches’ stain glass windows. The butterflies as if frozen in time upon a contrasting dark and sparkling background, seem to be on the threshold of life and the heavens. Undoubtedly Psalm - Benedictus Dominus calls to mind the mandala patterns, also named sacred circle or magic circle. Supports of meditation, the sand mandalas are meant to be destroyed after their contemplation in order to symbolize the impermanent or transitory character of the composed phenomenons. Damien Hirst tackles the evident ambiguity between the preserved perishable body and its uncertain resurrection.
“Sometimes you’re negative, sometimes you’re positive. If you see people as flies, you can see them as butterflies, small and disgusting or fragile and beautiful.„