One of my favourite quotes from EM Forsters A Passage to India is:
[…] Yet absence implies presence, absence is not non-existence, and we are therefore entitled to repeat…'” (2.19.45, 50)
All still life art composed of ordinary objects are missing something- their owners/users. Yet by that very omission you are aware of their presence. I’ve added a piece of crust from a toast just to make it seem more intimate, personal. The invisible person is suddenly much more keenly felt. It appears as if I’ve just had some food…it’s contrived as all still life is. But it adds an element of narrative I can control.