Thorn Shoe

Nancy Youdelman

Mixed media sculpture, 1976.

A child’s shoe stuffed with hair and adorned in prickly thorns alludes to the potential pain and suffocating sacrifice of motherhood under patriarchy. Youdelman was part of a wave of feminist artists in the early 70s who advocated for women to make art based on their own real-life experiences.

Material: Rose thorns, fabric, leather, metal hardware, human hair. Measurments: 3 x 5 x 2.5 inches

Permanent collection Brooklyn Museum, gift of Gail Levin and John Van Sickle.

© Nancy Youdelman

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