More Butterflies

10 May

Damien Hirst isn’t exactly known for spreading cheer, so I wasn’t expecting anything near a pick-me-up from his retrospective exhibition at Tate Modern. Room upon room of pill cabinets, cows cut in half and preserved in formaldehyde for posterity, festering flies feeding on a carcass, a giant smelly ashtray, and lots and lots of dots were the order of the day. But one room did bring a little smile to my face. The butterflies.

Hirst’s butterflies, arranged in stained-glass-window-like patterns are absolutely beautiful. Ellie is right about butterflies, they have an ethereal loveliness, even when squished into white gloss paint as they were at Tate Modern.

X Loulou


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