A response to a card with a painting of young girls called The Flowers of the East (1985) from the Pears Annual by William Coleman 

This installation is both a deconstruction and a reconstruction of the scene depicted within the painting. Using the book itself, other found objects, my old paintings and old wax candles I have created a tableau in which the viewer is able to immerse themselves within the scene. While the various elements of the work relate specifically to different features within the painting, they are recreated in a way that abstracts them. The addition of layers of wax creates an organic feel, while at the same time preserving the moment in time thus giving a sense of things that are simultaneously living and in decay, alive but dead.