I Once Was What You Are, You Will Be What I Am
Edition of 48
Sheet size: 119.5 x 108 cm (47 1/16 x 42 ½ in)
Signed by the artist on the front, numbered on the reverse
Published in 2007
The inevitability of death is an abiding theme in Hirst’s work in all media. The photogravure etching I Once Was What You Are, You Will Be What I Am is a memento mori, Latin for “Remember you must die,” referring to a genre of artworks that vary widely but share the same purpose: to remind people of their mortality, an artistic theme dating back to antiquity.