Gwen Murphy sees shoes as a kind of fetish, which she defines as “an object believed to have magic powers to protect or aid its owner.” Shoes hold a power we don’t often think of – to transport and protect us.
The artist has always felt this connection and each time she looked at a pair of shoes she had the sense that the shoes were looking back at her – this series of sculptures is an attempt to bring out what she sees in each pair.
T-Straps, acrylics, ash clay, women’s t-strap pumps
Foot Fetish #66, ash clay, acrylics, men’s shoes
Pairing acrylics and paperclay with wooden shoe lasts and recycled shoes, the sculptures are bursting with people personality, ranging from humorous to thoughtful to downright spooky. Murphy holds an MFA in Sculpture from Boston University – her work has been exhibited nationally and is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Art and Design, NY.
Slims, acrylics, ash clay, women’s shoes
Foot Fetish #15, acrylics, ash clay, wooden shoe last
Nudes, acrylics, ash clay, wooden shoe lasts