Mixed media sculpture, 2009

Part of the series ‘In // Sensitive’. Shoes are amongst the three-dimensional found forms onto which Marina Dempster works her contemporary translation of the pre-Columbian Huichol tradition of ‘yarn painting’. Immersed in this attentive and time-honoured process, multicultural ethnography meets haute couture as she autonomously concerns herself with issues of personal connection to one’s histories and futures by nurturing present narratives, environments, communities and cultures.

Immune (adj.):
1. Having immunity to infection.
2. Exempt, as from obligation or duty
3. Protected from danger.

Materials: found shoes, beeswax/pine resin, beads, yarns, recycled rabbit fur, porcupine quills, Macaw & Flamingo feathers (Toronto Zoo donations).

Photo’s by Marina Dempster Photography.

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