Papershoes

These pieces touch on girlhood and some of its more general markings, past and present. Discarded shoes have a special poignancy, they seem to conjure up the individual wearer more than any other piece of clothing. This is memory work of a kind - consequently I work with shoes that have been lived in: wrinkles and creases and the faint bulges left by the shape of feet translate directly to the object made.

The shoes are built up from one or two layers of tissue paper, just enough to hold their shape. The feel of this lightest of papers, the way it almost disintegrates when handled with the glue (which is applied individually to each tiny scrap), makes for a slow and painstaking process. To make objects from this very perishable, fragile and non-precious material is almost paradoxical, as the objects made become precarious and precious in turn.