Have you ever wanted to expose your ex for the heel they were? Well, that’s just what artist Sebastian Errazuriz did in 2013.
His series, 12 Shoes For 12 Lovers, takes a stand looking at love gone wrong (or why else would they be his exes?). The series consists of 12 shoe designs, each based on a past lover, and brought to life via 3D printed sculptures (with an assist from jelly shoe maker Melissa). More than simply sculptures, each high heel shoe design takes a pointed look at the past relationship offering anecdotal prose describing the ex-girlfriend as well as featuring an intimate (often nude, but non-identifiable) photo of his former lady love.
It’s pretty obvious that the artist has either dated (nearly?) all the stereotypes of women or thinks of women this way. I’m sure in “artistic hindsight” only, of course.
While I’m not one of Errazuriz’s exes, I’m plenty of other guys’ exes; yet, I’m not terribly offended by this. We are entitled to our opinions, as one-sided as they are; and we are entitled to express ourselves through art.
Frankly, I wouldn’t mind being thought of in many of these ways. …Not to mention I’d love to wear more than a few of these. I’m sure with all 12 (pairs, there must be pairs!), I could properly exhibit my mood to everyone.
That may say more about me than the art itself or even the potential reactions, however.
In any case, unlike those terrible ex-girlfriend revenge sites, this is both tame and considerate. Compassionate even. In an interview with Core 77, the artist had this to say about the response to his art series:
Core77: This is a pretty personal look at some of the people in your life. Have you gotten any responses from exes who have been featured so far in the series?
Sebastian Errazuriz: I have. “Honey” was very touched and said she didn’t know she had that impact on me. “Heart Breaker” wrote me an email to say she didn’t know if she should feel incredibly embarrassed, enraged or honored but that if I ever revealed her real name she would kill me. “Gold Digger” hates my guts.
Core77: Were you worried about any backlash from your exes or their current boyfriends/husbands when you started out with this project?
Sebastian Errazuriz: Most stories are relatively personal, but still slightly positive. I was also able to get permission to use the photos from many of girls so I knew I was relatively safe. Others, I was a little concerned. There are a couple I just knew would be bad. There’s a husband and a boyfriend that could be quite upset, but my stories have no real names and the photos don’t show any faces. So if they want to be all macho and exaggerated about it, I’m happy to meet up with them.
Which all begs the question, how would you depict your ex lovers? In shoes, or otherwise. I’d like to hear ~ and I’d love to see!
PS I’m keeping my eye on Sebastian Errazuriz. You can too.
His website: meetsebastian.com
His Twitter: @holysebastian