Still life is defined as a collection of inanimate objects arranged together in a specific way.
Web & Print
The magic of still life paintings is that they can show us a new way of looking at the ordinary objects around us. Once they are placed into a specific arrangement and then captured in paint, ink, pastel, or any other medium - the purposes take on a whole new meaning. They imbued with a life beyond the ordinary. Their existence becomes recorded in time.
When a viewer looks at a work of art, they are bringing with them all of their life experiences, all of their unique memories, all of their knowledge and understanding of the universe thus far.