One of the most influential objects that remind me of my Russian roots is the Matryoshka. Feminine, layered, happy, constructed from infinite Russian symbols, it eternally expresses memories and longing.You can find Matryoshka figures in every Russian typical house, where several sets are placed in the living room closet. Some are open until the last baby figure, and some stay closed, keeping the other dolls safe inside.
This specific Matryoshka I have got from my friend before leaving Israel to Italy. Expect the reminder of where I am from, my family and friends, she also added small notes on each of the Matryoshka dolls. I had to open it slowly, during a one year period, discovering her writings on special occasions, birthdays and in between moments. It changed the whole Matryoshka experience; besides the long gradual attention to this object, it represented the passing of time and kept her presence close to me in times when we are physically far.