It all started in Hoxton, East London in 1993 when curator, Joshua Compston staged a mock parish fair called “A Fête Worse than Death”. All Young British Artists where invited to perform, Gary Hume was disguised as a Mexican bandit selling tequilas, Tracey Emin did palm reading and Damien Hirst dressed in a clown costume together with Angus Fairhurst who made spin paintings using a potter’s wheel.
Later in 1995, Hirst decided to build a drawing machine with which he could start his own Spin painting works. Spin II Windmills of my mind, belongs to the Portfolio of 14 etchings, the Action of the World on Things, vol.2, and it develops the artist’s concept of spin drawings and paintings into the print medium. Deliciously fresh, playful, childish, colourful and fun, the Spin etchings were all the same - one of the most complicated and daring print projects undertaken in Britain at that time.
“I really like making them. And I really like the machine, and I really like the movement. Every time they’re finished, I’m desperate to do another one.„