Hirst, rose to fame when he created a series of work highlighting the preservation of dead animals, specifically... a shark, a sheep and a cow.
The room where the above #art piece was displayed, also became home to a swarm of live #butterflies and a diamond encrusted human skull. As this #exhibition circulated, the butterflies travelled safely along with the shark who was transported diligently minus the formaldehyde (sourced locally upon arrival).
The 3 crucial components of this exhibition was to purposely juxtapose life and death in the same vicinity. #Hirst worked on art that would make consumers feel uncomfortable about death but also question life as a result.
There is something very poignant about the suspended #tiger shark, it is almost as if it's last ever motion was still aggressive, and whereas death is generally a representation of consequent peace... it appears that even in death we still retain the same notion of the shark.
I came across a very interesting paper regarding this piece of art. The paper is by Luke White and can be read here: Damien Hirst’s Shark: Nature, Capitalism and the Sublime
Damien Hirst is definitely an artist I will feature again in the near future...
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