Gwen Murphy

Murphy holds an MFA in Sculpture from the Boston University College of Fine Arts.

fetish: an object believed to have magical to protect or aid its owner

It might seem a little strange, but ever since she was a young child Murphy has looked at shoes and found them looking back at her. “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, grouchy, or fierce; sometimes they look like they are singing,” she says. After discovering a type of clay which adheres to almost any surface and which does not require firing in a kiln, Murphy saw the possibility of expressing her childhood vision of the faces on shoes. Since then she has made 85 pairs of shoe sculptures, putting an artistic spin on her own version of a foot fetish.