Fear of Death (Full Skull), 2007



Fear of Death (Full Skull)
415 x 350 x 350 mm | 16.3 x 13.8 x 13.8 in | Unique multiple 2 of 30
Flies, resin, aluminium and glass
Image: Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012


Solo Exhibition - 2009
Leeahn Gallery, Daegu, Korea


‘Fear of Death’ is an edition of cast human skulls painted and covered in dead flies. It was originally intended to accompany the diamond skull ‘For the Love of God’ (2007) at Hirst’s exhibition at White Cube, London ‘Beyond Belief’ (2007). After completing work on ‘For the Love of God’, however, Hirst decided to remove the fly skull because he felt, “the diamond skull’s just so perfect you don’t want to see anything else in the room with it.”[1]

Nonetheless, ‘Fear of Death’ is still the conceptual counterpart to ‘For the Love of God’. Describing the pair, Hirst states: “It’s death over victory and victory over death.” Adding, “you’ve gotta take the rough with the smooth. What goes up must come down. So there’s a yin and yang to the fellas, to the diamond and the fly.”[2]

[1] Damien Hirst cited in ‘An Interview’, Hans Ulrich Obrist, ‘Beyond Belief’ (Other Criteria/White Cube, 2008), 30–31

[2] ibid.