Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst was born in Bristol in 1965, and studied at Goldsmiths University. Hirst became a leading figure in the Young British Artists movement in the late 1980s and 1990s, and is one of the richest living artists in the UK.

Damien Hirst’s work spans decades and Hirst has explored a vast range of materials, styles, themes and narratives throughout his work. For the purpose of this blog post I will focus on his work around collection. In particular what lead me to investigate this further was a recent Instagram post of Hirst’s ‘I Found You/God’, 2012-2013.

‘I Found You/God’, 2012-2013

‘Part of an edition of 8 works I made of to raise money for a friend’s film. It has pills attached to a polished stainless steel background, I like it if this gets put somewhere where it can get used as a mirror. The pills float on the mirror and are between you and yourself, it feels a bit like a void.’ – Damien Hirst, Instagram.

Exploring Hirst’s work further I came across an earlier work of his on Pill cabinets, between 1999-2005, and indeed cabinets and collections often form part of Hirst’s work. In response to Hirst’s work I documented some vitamins I take myself.

Pushing forward and experimenting with different painting surfaces, I used bubble wrap and acrylic paint to mimic the shape and repetitive pattern of the tablets and pills.

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