In a new, intensely quotable Interview piece, Morrissey interviews one of his rare friends, punk/artist Linder Sterling. The mutual admirers talk art, truth and Damien Hirst as an overblown animal corpse molester.
The terrible taxidermist (his stuff is still rotting), will likely remain unfazed by the comments, as he’s probably the world’s richest taxidermist as well and a wag of the finger from Stephen “Meat is Murder” Morrissey amounts in exposure and more money for inedible shark putty.
Falsely attributed to Moz only, here is Linder and Moz’s righteous gab on Hirst:
MORRISSEY: I dislike the “use” of animals in art, such as in the work of Damien Hirst. 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 utilized—and sold—dead animals?
LINDER: 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.