Damien Hirst, Verity
Weekly Photo Challenge: Future
I just returned from my annual Easter vacation in North Devon. The last day we decided to do a bit of looking around and had heard of this statue that Damien Hirst had put up in Ilfracombe. It seemed to generate quite a lot of interest and as such of course I was curious, so we took a drive to see what all the fuss was about.
It was a dreary, windy, slightly wet day, the photographs are taken with my iPhone, so slightly grainy which sort of adds to the atmosphere, I think so anyway 😀
When the subject matter of future came up for this weeks Weekly Photo Challenge through the Daily Post, I thought ‘perfect’ I must share this. It’s depicting a pregnant woman, what could state ‘future’ more than that?
However, Verity, which is the name of the statue is in Damien’s own words a “modern allegory of truth and justice”
As quoted on Damien’s website, the meaning behind this statue is:
Verity is an allegory for truth and justice. Her stance is taken from Edgar Degas’s ‘Little Dancer of Fourteen Years’ (c. 1881). An anatomical cross- section of her head and torso reveal her skull and the developing foetus inside her womb.
Verity stands on a base of scattered legal books and holds the traditional symbols of Justice – a sword and scales. Representing truth, her scales are hidden and off-balance behind her back, whilst her sword is held confidently in her upstretched arm.
I’ve included a photo of where Verity looks out on to. I was talking to one of the locals as there are a couple of interesting looking coves. Apparently a slave ship went off course and crashed, sinking in to the choppy waters surrounding the shoreline. Sadly a 100 slaves died as well as a lot of bullion. So I suppose this photograph also depicts the opposite of future, the loss of further generations from the slaves that died.
Personally I found the statue a bit disturbing to look at, but that in a way is what has attracted me to go to a few of Damien Hirst’s exhibitions, especially when he had an ongoing relationship with Saatchi & Saatchi. You might remember the various animals preserved in formaldehyde and preserved?
What do you make of this statue?
Do you enjoy Damien’s works?
Happy Monday, Justine xx