What a fascinating find made while walking along Grand Union Canal towpath, I have no idea what this votive is used for, but it is regularly tended and maintained. There is a clear intention and order to the display that extends in all directions from what can be seen in the photograph.
Otherwise unremarkable objects, a nail, a splinter of wood or a square of linen are imbued with the power to heal and mend broken lives by faith and their sumptuous presentation. There is an irony between the mundanity of the object, a nail, and the gold, emeralds, pearls and rubies that surround it, suggesting the uncertainty of power.
I think I can use this ‘objective irony’ to good effect in an artwork.