My Muse, Refuse

Much of what I do with found objects is to consider what makes something sacred, or valuable, and why.

The motifs of binding and perforation are present throughout these works. I am exploring a common thread with multiple inferences. Nails and perforation have obvious implications in Western Christian culture, but have also been used in other cultures to represent thanks, protection, the sealing of oaths and ill wishes toward an enemy. My relationship with these symbols is in the style of some African fetishes– which I also see in the crucifix- the intention of binding oaths, sealing promises and making contracts. I am intrigued by the concept of an oath as an intangible way to secure a tangible effect- I will it into being.

For me it is preferable that a piece has ambivalent aspects; questionable materials, sacrilegious connotations (which is never my intent by the way) preciousness married to refuse, sacred to secular.

To make a piece with a single strain of meaning renders it static, denies its movement, and its own purposes outside of my hand.

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My work is available at 2AU Limited, in West Des Moines Ia.


Rushing to the scene
Vultures, their wings
Same as angels but more

Shadows passover
Birdbath, chicken coop
Sorgo and me
When they come, holy
Hands- eyes- voice lift,

Backseat empty
Chest- heart in throat
Bump. My whatever
It is that is
Me but is more
Soars with them

What is more
When I go
Pray, May I
go with thee
Oh, filthy angels

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About vsvevg

Hello, I'm Abby Smith. I started this blog in 2010 to write about the pursuit of a self-sustainable life in rural Mexico. In 2015, my then-husband and I moved to Nicaragua, where we created a successful farm-to-table and in-house charcuterie program for a high-end beach resort. In 2022, with mad butchery and cheese-making skills under my belt, I started a sustainable food systems consulting business. Happily, I also have more time for my first love-- writing about food and the complexities of the simple life.

7 thoughts on “My Muse, Refuse

  1. OMG Abby you never cease to amaze me…I love your findings turned art! I noticed the square nail …..did you find those in G-town?? Love

    • Not that particulir one, but its a good example of what I do with them, I am working with those materails now. glad you like them paz, A


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