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The Empresses - H10-1 Wu Zetian

Damien Hirst

The Empresses - H10-1 Wu Zetian

Damien Hirst




Laminated Giclée print on aluminium composite, screen printed with glitter

Finish:
Laminated Giclée print on aluminium composite, screen printed with glitter
Edition of:
Timed 2853
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100 x 100 x 0.5 cm (show inches)
40 x 40 x 0.2 in (show cm)
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Signed and numbered by the artist Damien Hirst on the label
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In February 2022 The Empresses by Damien Hirst was launched, a series of five glorious prints depicting carefully composed images of butterflies. 

Rife with symbolism and with a hexagonal composition at its centre, Wu Zetian is named for the successful Chinese empress. In 655 CE Wu Zetian (624-705 CE) married Emperor Gaozong and gradually began to involve herself in political affairs, much to the dismay of many statesmen. Using her extraordinary intelligence, Wu Zetian created stability in the empire and consolidated the Tang Dynasty at a time when it appeared to be crumbling. 

At the centre of Wu Zetian is a single pair of butterfly wings, which is surrounded by a concentric circle of paired wings. This arrangement blossoms into a dynamic and symmetrical hexagonal formation that has an arrangement of three pairs of wings within each point. This reliance on the number six to establish the composition recalls its reappearance across Chinese idioms to denote goodwill, installing six as a lucky number. The number gains additional significance as it relates to the hexagon, which in China evokes the six directions (North, South, East, West, Heaven and Earth) and therefore represents completeness, harmony and balance. These associations also recall the story of Wu Zetian whose intelligence, courage and decisiveness brought stability to her empire. 

Beautifully outlined with brilliant red wings, the four corners of the picture plane are filled with further arrangements of single or paired wings. The clever transitions between compositional structures in Wu Zetian lends a captivating complexity to the work that leaves it apparently ever-changing, imparting into the work a sense of movement. Effectively, the composition infuses the print with the sensation that the butterflies are indeed alive and are billowing out into the space of the viewer.
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Finish:
Laminated Giclée print on aluminium composite, screen printed with glitter
Edition of:
Timed 2853
Released:
2022
Signature:
Signed and numbered by the artist Damien Hirst on the label

Finished size:
100 x 100 x 0.5 cm
(show inches)
40 x 40 x 0.2 in
(show cm)
Image size:
100 x 100 cm
(show inches)
40 x 40 in
(show cm)
Sheet size:
100 x 100 cm
(show inches)
40 x 40 in
(show cm)

In February 2022 The Empresses by Damien Hirst was launched, a series of five glorious prints depicting carefully composed images of butterflies. 

Rife with symbolism and with a hexagonal composition at its centre, Wu Zetian is named for the successful Chinese empress. In 655 CE Wu Zetian (624-705 CE) married Emperor Gaozong and gradually began to involve herself in political affairs, much to the dismay of many statesmen. Using her extraordinary intelligence, Wu Zetian created stability in the empire and consolidated the Tang Dynasty at a time when it appeared to be crumbling. 

At the centre of Wu Zetian is a single pair of butterfly wings, which is surrounded by a concentric circle of paired wings. This arrangement blossoms into a dynamic and symmetrical hexagonal formation that has an arrangement of three pairs of wings within each point. This reliance on the number six to establish the composition recalls its reappearance across Chinese idioms to denote goodwill, installing six as a lucky number. The number gains additional significance as it relates to the hexagon, which in China evokes the six directions (North, South, East, West, Heaven and Earth) and therefore represents completeness, harmony and balance. These associations also recall the story of Wu Zetian whose intelligence, courage and decisiveness brought stability to her empire. 

Beautifully outlined with brilliant red wings, the four corners of the picture plane are filled with further arrangements of single or paired wings. The clever transitions between compositional structures in Wu Zetian lends a captivating complexity to the work that leaves it apparently ever-changing, imparting into the work a sense of movement. Effectively, the composition infuses the print with the sensation that the butterflies are indeed alive and are billowing out into the space of the viewer.

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