“It is [about] when you are in two minds about something.”
‘This Little Piggy Went to Market, This Little Piggy Stayed at Home’ (1996) is an early work from the ‘Natural History’ series, consisting of a bisected pig. The animal is contained within two glass and steel tanks which slide mechanically “like a bacon slicer; slowly, tragically” to unite then separate the halves in perpetuity. Titled after the nursery rhyme, the piece was part of a number of new works which incorporated moving elements, presented in 1996 at Gagosian Gallery, New York, in the exhibition ‘No Sense of Absolute Corruption’. In a similar manner to the rotating spin paintings unveiled at the exhibition, and the tri-vision billboard ‘The Problems with Relationships’ (1996), there is an implied endlessness to the movement incorporated into the works.
 Damien Hirst cited in ‘Like People, Like Flies: Damien Hirst Interviewed’, Mirta D’Argenzio, ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy: Selected Works from 1989–2004’ (Electa Napoli, 2004), 138
 Damien Hirst cited in ‘An Interview with Damien Hirst’, Stuart Morgan, ‘No Sense of Absolute Corruption’ (Gagosian Gallery, 1996), 26