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Monday, January 10, 2011

Gwen Murphy - Foot Fetish


Artist Gwen Murphy turns old shoes into works of art by giving them faces. She uses ash clay and acrylic paint to create those bugged-out eyes ,dreary lids, pouty lips and long faces.

"I see a shoe as a kind of fetish, because it has a presence and the power to protect and transport us. Since I was a very young child, I have looked at shoes and found them looking back at me, each pair with its own personality and facial expression. When shoes are lined up near a door or in a closet, they are trusty steeds waiting to serve. Mouths yawning open, they sometimes look sleepy or grouchy. Sometimes they look like they are singing. They are like a better species of beings made entirely of pairs of identical twins. This series of sculptures is my way of bringing forth the presence I see in each pair of shoes."
– Gwen Murphy








15 comments:

Izzy, Emmy 'N Alexander said...

Very interesting!!!!! :)

parenting ad absurdum said...

Oh my gosh, Veronica, these are crazy cool!

Jasnas' kitchen creations said...

Ha-ha, sooooo coooooool!

blueviolet said...

Those are nightmare inducing!

Steadfast Ahoy! said...

I liked the red high heels and the saddle shoes best. It amazes me how inventive some people can be.

GabbyRM said...

I've never seen anything like it!

Charlotte | Life's a Charm! said...

Honestly, these shoes with faces look kind'a scary. I don't think I could ever put on my shoes the same way again. I'd feel like I'd be stepping on someone.

Grace said...

Spoken like a true artist. I will never see shoes in the same light again. Maybe I'll go sculpt some faces in mine now.
You find the greatest photos.

Suzy said...

Those are a little creepy. I hope she never ventures into Robeez or Pedipeds.

G-Zell said...

Ok , these would totally scare the crap out of me LOL

Annette Piper said...

Woah - they're good but a bit freaky!

Alicia said...

Some cool, and some scary!! LOL

Autism Mom said...

Very nice!

whitey said...

how funny and .........strange!

netdost art said...

these are weird yet interesting

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