Hirst in his own words [the Guardian]:
The painting sits firmly in the tradition of "still life" and is made up of objects I've come to imbue with my own meanings, some of them Darwinian in origin, and that I guess are seen in other areas of my work. The painting has an X-ray-like quality to it, as if it is revealing something about the structure of the objects painted.
I suppose the work, in a modest way, acknowledges Darwin's analytical mind and his courage to believe in those ideas that questioned the very fabric of existence and belief in his time.
Discuss amongst yourselves. It's a very Schnabel moment - smirk.
Image: Copyright Damien Hirst 2009
hat tip: phronesisaical