The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living by Damien Hirst, contributed by Sophia Blyth (2019)
The piece I want to submit is The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living by Damien Hirst. The title is confusing and up for multiple interpretations; I took it to mean that our mind does not comprehend an end and therefore keeps our fear of death at bay. However, the combination of this title with the shark preserved in formaldehyde made me think that Hirst is saying that our soul and inner workings are what remain and are always preserved. It is striking that the shark looks alive and that the blue glass gives the appearance of the shark in its natural habitat. That the shark is frozen in time gives hope that preservation of the deceased is possible in multiple forms.