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Yet to speak of the whole world as metaphor is still to stick to the contents of the mind          Wallace Stevens

 

Known for her subtle and elegant work employing a variety of media, Hirst's art is perhaps best described as an exploration of serendipity that can occur in unintended and unexpected places. Her sources may be particular objects or certain words whose meaning she may subtly shift by manipulation or juxtaposition. Hirst's output is multifarious, including drawing, sculpture, etched glass, collage, printed text and photography. While avoiding simple categorisation, Hirst's art is always characterised by a measured stance and sensitivity towards materials that has been present since she graduated in the late 1980s. Of her generation Hirst has remained one of the most consistent and discerning.

Penny Sexton, Curator

 

These objects pack power, but writing about it is well nigh impossible. What is really noticeable is that Hirst understands metaphors. She can summon and control them. This is a rare gift. What she seems to do is this: she suggests a number of possible metaphors, but fulfils none of them. At the same time she ensures that they are coherent one with another. This sets up a kind of magnetic field of associations in which (the viewer feels) the imagination is held, as if suspended, or floating. And in this way the work's subject becomes not just the connections, but the very idea of connection itself. This in turn becomes metaphorical: it is about language, and human relationships.

David Lillington, Writer and Curator