So my first proper post for 2014. It’s been a while coming, as life got a little hectic for me. Our adventure in the Gulf at the end of the year turned into a much longer adventure that will see me travelling between home and Doha, Qatar for a while. I’m going to try to post as regularly as time allows, to give you an idea of what it’s like out here in the desert (Although it doesn’t really feel like the desert sitting here amongst the sparkly towers of West Bay!)
I finally managed my much anticipated visit to the Damien Hirst exhibition ‘Relics’ last night. The pics are just to show you what it was like – only phone pics allowed – strictly no cameras! So excuse the quality please.
This exhibition is the most comprehensive collection of Hirst’s work ever seen in one place and the first time the two diamond skulls have been on show together.
I must admit I was not looking forward enthusiastically to seeing the tanks of formaldehyde so I didn’t look too closely at those and I didn’t actually go into the room with the ‘life cycle in a box’….
The butterfly mosaic pics appealed to my need for order, pattern and colour to create some pleasing images. It certainly fits better with the traditional notion of art works.
The ‘Exquisite Pain’ statue fascinated me. It is a very beautiful piece whilst being quite disturbing in it’s content.
The two skulls ‘For Heaven’s Sake’ & ‘For the Love of God’ didn’t disappoint, they are absolutely spectacular. This was the thing I was most keen to see. Unfortunately photography, even with a phone, is not allowed close to the skulls.
An interesting experience. I’m very pleased to have seen it.
Is it art? It’s a good question… But you could say ‘does it matter?’
Images copyright Sally Crane