Damien Hirst, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind if Someone Living, 1991.
Pointless animal cruelty, deliberately shocking.
Anger. Reluctance to engage further.
￼￼What do I think it’s about?￼
Primarily publicity for the artist. The fact that if you saw this view in another context, you might be about to die (tiger-sharks do prey on humans) yet you still can’t comprehend death￼. By extension, we take life for granted.
What do I think about the title?
It is thought-provoking and an interesting concept.
Dewater Collier, Still Life with a Volume if Wither’s ‘Emblemes’, 1696
level of detail invites closer viewing, recognisably Vanitas still life with typical symbolism￼￼
What do I think it’s about?
Depicts ‘earthly pleasures’ – wine, fruit, music, jewellery- alongside reminders – skull, hourglass, timepiece – that these things are fleeting and everyone dies.
What do I think of the title?
More of a label, a descriptor.