H10-4 Suiko is a laminated giclée print on aluminium composite, screen printed with glitter. The composition shows a mesmerising pattern composed of concentric circles of butterflies. These circles of butterflies in different shapes and sizes emanate from a central butterfly. This pattern captivates the viewer’s attention and encourages them to look closely at the hundreds of butterflies which form the composition.
Suiko is part of Hirst’s collection H-10 The Empresses which is composed of five impressive gliclée prints; all of which show intricate patterns made out of red butterflies. Each print in the collection is named after a historical Empress who played an important role in history. This print is named after Suiko, the first recorded Empress of Japan. Suiko rose to power after her brother Sushun was murdered in 592 CE which marked a break with the tradition of having male rulers in Japan. Suiko was notable for implementing the Chinese calendar in Japan and establishing Buddhism in the country.