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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Ceramic shoes tell a story

Rowena Hannan is a West Footscray artist who has an exhibition of her works at Deakin University Art Gallery as part of the annual International Women’s Day ‘She Explored’ exhibition. The artist works on ceramic shoes (modelled on the Victorian Era) and her 10-pair collection details famous relationships in history. Dear Georgia features the beginning and ending of letters at the sole of each shoe; and another pair details writer Virginia Woolf’s relationship with husband Leonard and lover Vita Sackville-West. Ms Woolf’s shoes are filled with small porcelain stones in a sad reminder of the stones with which she weighed her coat down before drowning in a river.

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