At first glance, this still life of domestic items arranged on a tabletop appears exact. However, Bailey’s interest in the subject is more metaphysical than descriptive. The artist does not paint directly from life or photographic sources, preferring to rely on his imagination and/or memories of observed things. As a result, he invented rather than viewed the still life’s arrangement. In addition, he stylized and delineated the objects in such a way that they appear detached from time and place.