'Sometimes I Avoid People' is part of Hirst's early series 'Internal Affairs', many of which were shown in his first solo show in a public galley, (also called ‘Internal Affairs’) at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, in 1991. Explaining that he liked “the near nonsense of the logic”, Hirst made the series as a means of, “look[ing] into myself, to work out or try to work out why my body is separated from my mind or if indeed it is.” Unlike most of his other series, ‘Internal Affairs’ contains works made in a variety of mediums. As the artist explained in 1991: “I thought the ideas involved in ‘Internal Affairs’ needed to be realized in more than one sculpture. It had to be approached from different angles.”
 Damien Hirst cited in ‘Damien Hirst & Sophie Calle’, ‘Internal Affairs’ (ICA/Jay Jopling, 1991), unpag.