"One of the most socially conscious exhibitions of the year" The Ransom Note
'Notions of power, trauma, vulnerability, control and aspiration hang delicately by a thread. Little paper shoes adorned with desires, hopes, fears and pain form a suspended installation embodying personal accounts of the lingering shadow of domestic abuse; a culmination of twenty art therapy workshops across nine women’s refuges throughout the UK. Deconstructed memories and encounters manifest in ‘The Little Paper Slippers’ forming a fragile testimony of strength. The public display provides a voice of delicate tribute to the women, the artist and the power of art as therapy'
The Little Paper Slipper began as a new body of work exploring traumatic experiences and the effects of those experiences on the psyche. The work involved a series of socially engaged art workshops in refuges with women who have experienced domestic abuse. The year-long project involved a nationwide tour whereby women participants deconstructed notions of power, using the workshop as a therapeutic tool for expressing the effects of their abusive relationships. ‘The Little Paper Slippers’ contribute the womens responses whilst the remaining sculptures are a direct response from the artist.
Little Paper Slipper is now a charity continuing the project and has worked with over 112 women living in refuges across the UK. The second biennial exhibition was held in September 2016 showcasing the next phase of paper slippers that have been included in the expanding collection - creating an ever-growing art installation that tours the UK being exhibited every 2 years.
Visit The Little Paper Slipper website here