Walking through the Damien Hirst exhibition is like walking through a dead farm, a hairdressers, the sea, a chemist, a zoo, a pub, an office, P Diddy’s bathroom, a church, a sweet shop, a toy shop and a morgue. Those are a few of the places I felt I was walking through at the Hirst exhibition.
I think I really accepted how unique Hirst’s work is when I found myself queueing to walk through a havled cow immersed in huge glass like tanks.
I like how everything in Hirst’s exhibition was dead apart from the infested flies that were feeding from the blood of the dead cow’s skull and also the room with the caterpillars that turned into butterflies before your very eyes. You travelled through the cycle of life and death throughout the entire experince.
Hirst shows us birth, death, things that cause death, things that heal death and then the redemption of the soul through heaven. Well maybe thats not what he shows us at all but thats what I got from it! He is fixated with the inner self, the organs and the insides of bodies and how they function. I definately felt like I ended up in heaven as I waded my way through the 14 rooms.
Well that was before I felt like I went through Hannibal Lecter’s kitchen with cabinet among cabinet filled with sharp steel implements like an operating table, the ones used to cut you open!!
Obviosuly I bought a red wine to swirl as I sauntered around the exhibition! If you have a weak stomach and don’t like dead things then the Damien Hirst exhibition is not for you.
I’ve not really read alot about Damien and his life so thats my take on his work from what I’ve seen so far! Damien also possesses a skull that is encrusted with £15,000,000 worth of diamonds. As I queued to go and see the butterfly room, a Tate Modern employee explained that Damien is recently divorced therefore he might be on the market again! After google imaging him, he’s not the worst looking fellow. Not just an artist, he’s well aware of who a woman’s best friend is!
Damien if you’re reading this… Call me baby!!