I Once Was What You Are, You Will Be What I Am

Additional information

Technique

Etching

Edition

Edition of 48

Sheet Size

Sheet size: 119.5 x 108 cm (47 1/16 x 42 ½ in)

Inscription

Signed by the artist on the front, numbered on the reverse

Publisher

Published in 2007

POA

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.