The imagination of creating this artwork comes from a quote of Isidore Ducasse book Les Chants de Maldoror (1869): ‘Beautiful as the chance meeting, on a dissecting table, of a sewing machine and an umbrella’. Chance effects were prominent for the artists who follow dada concept and this art piece is saturated with this spirit, but it somewhere also presented the surrealistic theme in this piece which demonstrates curiosity in enlightening the creative power of the unconscious. This work is quite similar to the Gift because here also the artist had utilized a household object and made it an artwork through wrapping it with a cloth. At one place the gift presents the reflection of eroticism, on the other hand this has presented a poetic expression in front of people. Ray did not reveal the ‘enigma’ under the felt and intended the photograph as a riddle for the viewers to solve with the title providing a hint.
JH Matthews had stated that this artwork of Ray acted as a password to the Surrealist initiate similar like the Gift. Such type of projection of a sewing machine is a reference to the enormous impact of the poetry of Isidore Ducasse on ray. This work can be considered a better one when it is compared to Fountain which includes only a signature of the artist.
In the these three work we can felt the existence of connotation, it signifies a art work that somewhere reflects the artist’s emotional connection or relationship that can be felt by the viewer in the artwork. And it also creates an association between viewer and the artwork and he relates it with any of his life’s experience. Connotation can also be described as an art that actually refers to real events or cultural idea as well as mental status of the artists that produces unique art pieces under the impact of connotation ideas. Puns, symbols and citations are being utilized that can be easily seen in the art piece like The Gift where Ray pasted some nails, in the fountain where artist cited his name and The enigma of Isidore Ducasse as well.