GIULIA CANANZI

SHOES SWEET OBSESSION

DOROTHY'S RED SHOES

This work is a tribute to the Dorothy's shoes from the legendary film, The Wizard of Oz (1939).

The red pair of shoes and her owner have long been symbols of hope, especially for the LGBT community.

They represent the power we all have within ourselves to make our dreams become reality.

Queer object and fetish symbol they carry tantalising stories.

The Smithsonian reports that five known pairs were created by MGM Studios’ chief costume designer, Gilbert Adrian. Lady Gaga owns one pair. Another was stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota in 2005 (the shoes were recovered in 2018 after a 13-year disappearance.)

AS UP BELOW

This work is my second attempt to the installation. The subject is express by the shoes that become symbols of gender and authority. Playing with the objects, and creating one uniform background, given by yellow colour.

I found these shoes in some vintage shops by chance, and then I let them meet together (She- originally yellow- high heel shoes , and He - painted yellow shoes) in this structure divided in two levels: Up and Below.

I was pleasantly surprised when I realised the name of the brand of the high heels shoes: Follow Me.

A coincidence? I don't believe in coincidence honestly, just an other piece that perfectly matches into my Fetish Puzzle.

THE ART OF SEX-WAR

My research and work on used objects, in particular case shoes, go on.

In this case, I have been attracted by a pair of elegant leather shoes for man. Still in good conditions, they could be perfect to experiment something new. What...a pair of boobs in the shoes? yes!

Once again, male and female, that meet and combine them selves. As usually I am very interested to see the reaction of viewrs and then what they think.

The title of the work is abut the conflict. This influenced the choice to put a tiny section of a chessboard as frame/support for the sculpture.

The opposites , ying and yang, black and white, male and female. It can be a conflict between sex, but also a conflict within, between the two aspects of personality.

FIGHTING FOR HER

Mixing objects and creating a stage. From the initial idea of sculpture, I moved across a more theatrical dimension, playing with different kind of objects, and trying to create a narrative around.

SKETCHING SHOES OUT