Culturally Paired

Chinese Artists

The Chinese Artist Who Is Making Ancient Art Work In Shoes – Peng Wei

Chinese artist Peng Wei delicately tucks traditional Chinese-style paintings between the fine walls of handcrafted silk shoes for her project titled ‘Good Things Come into Pairs’.

The combination of classical Chinese paintings within the traditional material feels natural, a demure casing that conceals a more sensual centre.

Historically in Chinese culture, it was customary to apply tight binding wraps around a young girl’s feet and then cover the whole casing in a silk slipper in efforts to stunt the foot growth; this was a distinct status symbol as well as an adopted emblem that epitomized femininity and beauty. Bound feet enhanced a woman’s walk, making her movements dainty, and the tradition become a symbolic erotic fantasy in many areas of the country where it was practised.

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