This vitrine consists of a double stainless steel and glass box: the inner compartment contains a full sized mirror on which ‘I love you’ is written in lipstick, an easel and the beginnings of an oil on canvas painting, on which hangs a lab coat; the outer chamber is littered with materials commonly found in a painter’s studio.
Having recently stated: “Everything I’ve ever done has been about painting, I think. About the road to painting in some way,” the vitrine is testament to the medium’s importance to Hirst throughout the entirety of his career. In order to make the piece, Hirst physically entered the vitrine to work on the canvas, putting on the lab coat before looking in the mirror.
 Damien Hirst cited in Interview with Gordon Burn, Claridges’s, 30.06.09, ‘Nothing Matters’, (White Cube/Other Criteria, 2009), 12