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Morrissey 'blasts Damien Hirst's work'

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Morrissey has declared that he thinks Damien Hirst's head should be "kept in a bag" for using dead animals in his work.

The singer, who is a staunch vegetarian, slammed the artist during a discussion with friend and longtime associate Linder Sterling for Interview.

Hirst's art has notoriously included a dead cow and calf sliced into pieces and placed in a glass container, a rotting bull as well as a dead tiger shark encased in formaldehyde. Morrissey spoke of his disgust at the work, before asking Sterling for her opinion.

"I dislike the 'use' of animals in art, such as in the work of Damien Hirst," he said. "But in your latest performance piece, 'Your Actions Are My Dreams', you have a woman serenely sitting atop a calmly satisfied horse, which is, of course, alive and healthy. Do you agree that Hirst's head should be kept in a bag for the way he's utilised – and sold – dead animals?"

Sterling appeared to agree with Morrissey's sentiment, as she answered: "Dead butterflies, cows, horses, humans, sheep and sharks – it reads like the inventory of a funerary Noah. How many halved calves suspended in formaldehyde does the world need? To my way of thinking, none."

The former Smiths star added: "The media obsession with Hirst's millions, I think, reduces him to mere factory outlet."

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