Joseph Hollick

Heavy Snowfall

I thought of that shark when I saw this picture; scanned from an old slide, originally taken many decades ago. The dead shark which Damien Hirst submerged in formaldehyde, and encased in a massive vitrine, some fewer decades ago. He titled it “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living” which is obviously not what the shark would have called it. I saw it in a gallery, decades ago, and the title stuck with me more than the experience itself. And now whenever I see photographs of snowdrifts on a hot summer day, when the sweat is sealing the folds of my eyes, I remember that title, and consider the physical impossibility of coldness in the mind of someone hot.

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