by Danica Lo
courtesy image If you could capture the spirit of your exes in sculptural inanimate objects, what would they look like? Mine would probably look silly and awful--like troll dolls or that 25-cent '80s-era gumball-machine green slime that came in neon plastic egg shells. Something like that.
Artist-designer Sebastian Errazuriz seems to think more fondly of his exes than I do, apparently--his new exhibition, which opened at Art Basel Miami over the weekend and will go through early January, is called "12 Shoes for 12 Lovers," and each stunning sculptural shoe reminisces a lost love and even comes with an anecdote about the relationship.
"When I started this process I never imagined where it would end up," Errazuriz said. "It's been infinitely more complex, revealing, and difficult than I thought."
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The end results are poignant and often touching. Or funny.
Like this one, the "Heart Breaker," above, an asymmetrical pair representing this particular ex-girlfriend's, um, asymmetrical pair.
And I love this green pair--for "GI Jane," a girlfriend whose father was a high-ranking officer.
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There's also this stunning wedge, for "The Virgin"--who later became a nun ("I'm sure I sucked; but a nun? That's a bit drastic," Errazuriz writes.)
Check out the amazing full series of shoes right at 12shoesfor12lovers.com. And if you're in Miami, the shoes are all on display at the Melissa Pop-Up Miami at 830 Lincoln Road through January 6.
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