A visual poetry can emerge from a change of scale or framing that renders the familiar object unrecognizable and turns it into a surprisingly abstract composition. This perspective revitalizes the relationship to the materiality of the world and overturns the elementary and convenient, but outdated, distinction between figuration and abstraction. A poetic shock can also arise from the assembly of objects, in a “still life” tradition brought back into play via a shifted perspective: the objects begin to bear witness not to themselves, but to the nature of the gaze cast upon them.