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By Arwa Lodhi
We know quite a lot about Sebastian Errazuriz.
For example, we know he is a Chilean born, New York based artist and designer who was raised in London; took art classes in Washington, film courses in Edinburgh, and has a design degree earned in Santiago. He later received his Master’s in Fine Arts from NYU. He currently lives and works in NY with parallel workshops in Santiago, and has won praise for his design and art projects, which range from a Porcupine Cabinet (which opens with wooden ‘quills’).
We also know he’s had at least 12 completely different, always petulant lovers, thanks to his ’12 Shoes for 12 Lovers’ series. Inspired by 12 different women who have been in his life for both long and brief periods, the 3D printed, zero-waste shoes all come with a fascinating story.
There’s the one about the ghostly Valentina, whose hair was as light and uncontrollable as her spirit. Then there’s Natasha, the sweet Honey girl who nurtured the artist through his broken leg, but who was a bit too sweet for his liking. Alice, ‘the Rock’ seems to have lingered in Errazuriz’s life longer than she expected she would, whilst ‘Cry Baby’ Alexandra used the artist to get over another guy.
The shoes, which can be worn (rather uncomfortably in most cases) blur the lines between art and fashion. So it’s not surprising to learn that rather than being seen on catwalks, they were shown in Miami during Miami Basel, and are currently being exhibited at the Kunsthalle, Rotterdam in the S.H.O.E.S exhibition. They will also be shown at the Summerhall, Edinburgh in June and July.
The stories behind the shoes are just as interesting as the designs, and of course, there are plenty of female stereotypes in this menage like The Gold-digger, the Ice Queen and the Boss.
Still, there’s little doubt that every woman will be wondering: which one am I?
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