The Incomplete Truth, 2006
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- ImagePhotographed by Prudence Cuming Associates © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2012
The Incomplete Truth
Glass, painted aluminium, silicone, acrylic, stainless steel, dove and formaldehyde solution
2220 x 1760 x 740 mm | 87.4 x 69.3 x 29.1 in | Edition 1 of 3 + 1 AP + 1 HC
‘The Incomplete Truth’ was first exhibited at ‘Beyond Belief’, a major solo show of new Hirst works held across both White Cube Hoxton Square and Mason’s Yard, London, in 2007. The formaldehyde-preserved dove encapsulates a central concern of the ‘Natural History’ works: “That failure of trying so hard to do something that you destroy the thing that you’re trying to preserve”.
The work is similar to another formaldehyde work ‘The Inescapable Truth’ (2005), in which a human skull is positioned at the base of a tank directly beneath the suspended body of the bird.
 Damien Hirst cited in Damien Hirst, ‘I Want to Spend the Rest of My Life Everywhere, with Everyone, One to One, Always, Forever, Now’ (Booth-Clibborn Editions; Reduced edition, 2005), 296