I first saw Damien’s work in North London, and it was pure shock. The formaldehyde sculptures at the time seemed totally unthinkable, and style of working with dead fish and other animals were not fasionable either.
“…I think a desire to be famous and a desire to make art both boil down to a desire to live forever, which is what art is all about anyway. We’re taught it from a very early age, and it’s very hard to escape it. But there are a lot of miserable famous people around – so it’s nothing in and of itself. No matter how big your yacht is, someone is going to park next to you with a one-inch bigger one, and you’re going to be miserable if that’s all you’re going for. The hardest thing is knowing what you want…”, Damien Hirst.
excerpt from eyestorm interview.