Size:100cm x 100cm
Medium:Laminated Giclée print on aluminium composite, screen printed with glitter
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(The Empresses, H10-01) 2022
“Wu Zetian” is one of Hirst’s works from “The Empresses”, a series of five glorious prints carefully composed of butterfly wings that create a kaleidoscope effect and are placed on a flaming red background. Each work has been carefully screen printed with glitter coat which offers that gleaming effect on them.
Rife with symbolism and with a six-point star composition at its centre, Wu Zetian is named for the ruthless yet successful Chinese ruler. In 655 CE Wu Zetian (624-705 CE) married Emperor Gaozong and became empress, much to the dismay of many statesmen who she soon eliminated in an infamous reign of terror that she maintained over the innermost circles of government. Despite the politics and violence within, Wu Zetian proved to be a competent leader, creating stability and consolidating the Tang Dynasty at a time when it appeared to be crumbling.
Signed and numbered
From an edition of 2853