As Balzac compiles information through close observation of the objects and spaces that he encounters in The Purse, the artists observe the gallery and work with the challenges of presenting a show behind a glass window. In their respective practices, Carlin and Fitts display a working intimacy with materials, anticipating the transferable qualities of affect through materials or scale to evoke the domestic. The artists’ obvious attachment to materials then, elicits a question of what might remain, or what is gained through this kind of observation.