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This deck chair by Damien Hirst utilizes one of his most familiar motifs: a monochromatic background with a scattering of butterflies. This theme was first introduced into his work after seeing flies get stuck on one of the primed canvases in his studio. Hirst sees the butterflies 'stuck' to the canvases as metaphors for the unforeseen interruptions in life - happy accidents in this case.
“I have always liked that idea of something going wrong and something being created from it." - Damien Hirst
The butterflies symbolize regeneration, fortune, and freedom in a world characterized by a materialistic consumerism that despite all glorification of money and what it can buy always longs for a deeper meaning behind the surfaces – and which yet can never truly get behind those surfaces; longing for spirituality and transcendence and yet always doomed to accept that there might be nothing behind the polished images.
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