Mixed Media | 2008
Plastic shoes knitted together with blue thread. Variable height and radius are possible, depending on the exhibition space.
Arnold van Gennep, in its Rites of Passage studies, describes three stages of rites in traditional communities. First there is a period of separation from the rest of the tribe, of isolation. Then there is a period of marginality (also called of liminality) where neophytes get a sign of distinction, a jewel, a scarification, it is the phase when rituals take place. Finally comes the acceptance of the neophyte to the new category, that is marked by a party where the neophyte starts belonging to adulthood, for example.
This dress is made out of little heel shoes, given in Central America to guests of debutante’s parties as reminders.