Damien Hirst & Edwaert Collier (Project 1: Arts and Ideas – Exercise 4)

Damien Hirst – The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living & Edwaert Collier – Still Life with a Volume of Wither’s ‘Emblemes’

Hirst - shark
Fig. 1 Hirst, D. “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living” (1991)
Still Life with a Volume of Wither's 'Emblemes' 1696 by Edward Collier active 1662-1708
Fig. 2 Collier, E. “Still Life with a Volume of Wither’s ‘Emblemes'” (1696)

PART 1 – Damien Hirst – The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living

 

  • Write down a few words giving your first reaction to the piece
  • Do you have an emotional response to it?
  • What do you think it’s about?
  • What do you think about the title?

My immediate response is a combination of cynicism and curiosity. I will return to the cynicism in Part 3, but my curiosity stems from both the shark and the title of the work.

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