Here are some common questions we need to address:
How we should examine an art? What is our system of examination towards artwork?
What is artist’s motive and intention? What is the circumstance and context? What is the background? Do we need to consider these personal aspects?
What is the subject? Why this particular subject is chosen?
Is there a message? What is the embedded meaning?
So he paints it differently, different from our common expectation. Why?
All artwork is of humanistic pursuit. So the themes common to the humanity and literature will generally play a role. Common themes are:
- Society and human existence
- Science and technology and their impact on humanity
In the artist’s own word, we can study and have some insight:
Hirst takes a direct and challenging approach to ideas about existence. His work calls into question our awareness and convictions about the boundaries that separate desire and fear, life and death, reason and faith, love and hate. Hirst uses the tools and iconography of science and religion, creating sculptures and paintings whose beauty and intensity offer the viewer insight into art that transcends our familiar understanding of those domains. “There [are] four important things in life: religion, love, art and science,” the artist has said. “At their best, they’re all just tools to help you find a path through the darkness. None of them really work that well, but they help. Of them all, science seems to be the one right now. Like religion, it provides the glimmer of hope that maybe it will be all right in the end…”