Gesso board, brain matter
40 x 40 cm
Roger Hiorns' Untitled paintings are made with an unusual material. They were not painted with actual paint, but with the blended brain matter of a cow. Hiorns is interested in brain matter, mainly because of its incomprehensible structure. The fact that human beings try to fathom the structure of the brain, with their own brain, is a paradox. Hiorns visits the cows at the abattoir and talks to them immediately before they are killed. This way, through their memory of the meeting, Hiorns becomes encapsulated in the structure of their brain.