Hirst’s Kaleidoscope Paintings are made from household paint and thousands of different coloured butterfly wings placed in intricate geometric patterns.
The works reference the spiritual symbolism of the butterfly, used by the Greeks to depict Psyche, the soul, and in Christian imagery to signify the resurrection – Damien Hirst
I was surprised to see an acclaimed artist using spiritual concepts in work, after assuming that mandalas and kaleidoscope patterns would be low art and too cliche. This brightened my prospects for taking up a similar approach in my work, although I have no desire to imitate Hirst by using dead butterflies.
Images and quote retrieved on 1st April 2014 from http://www.damienhirst.com/texts1/series/kaleidoscope