Monday, June 30, 2014
There are Lilies and then There are Lilies
At first they looked like doll shoes or else those odd tiny high heeled shoes that show up in antique shops for people who collect miniature shoes. They 're exquisitely crafted out of silk and leather with silk thread embroidery. But the longer I drew them the creepier they became. I noticed that the laces were actually not laces at all but very thin threads that had been loosened. And then it occurred to me that they were probably loosened to remove them from the woman after she died. Or after she got old and no longer was made to wear fancy shoes. They had obviously been sewn onto her feet, which means the woman had had to keep them on day and night. To add insult to the whole thing, the shoes had very shapely little high heels, the better to pitch the woman forward and onto her poor deformed and mutilated toes.
To balance out the grisly shoes I drew a real lily, a Peruvian one, that was in the middle of the table at Laurey's Catering.