When I was growing up I was fascinated with the Russian nesting doll that sat on the shelf in our home. I loved opening and lining up the the family of babushkas. I insisted on matching the painted tops to the painted bottoms – aligning them as precisely as possible and then setting each smaller one next to the larger in a perfect row and then nesting them all cozy back together and repeating the process.
Maybe it was to honor the artist’s composition that I needed to match the pieces or maybe it was a hint of compulsion for order. I compose the objects around me – if I see a painting is catawampus or items askew – I need to place them just so which is contrary to my desire to ignore basic clutter. I couldn’t care less how well my underwear is folded or how the pots are stacked in the cupboard or even how I have my art supplies in my studio but once items or objects are purposely composed, placed, or designed then I need to see them just so.
I think it may be part of what keeps me making my apples – I couldn’t bear to see the set uncompleted and lined up.
Day 256 was created in pen & ink.