SOLO EXHIBITION AT HANINA GALLERY 2008
Blood Stain was inspired by the German mythology of Siegfried, who slaughtered a dragon and bathed in his blood in order to become immortal. However, while he did so a leaf fell upon his back and covered a spot that would have otherwise been protected. This bloodless stain became his mortal vulnerability, his Achilles heel, and later his demise as he was stabbed in the exact same spot and met his death.
The blood showering Siegfried becomes a metaphor for covering a canvas with paint. Hirshfeld uses the imagery and mythology of Siegfried among other representations to link into the history of art, and ultimately his own narrative and place in the world as an artist.