Golden Lilly belongs in my ongoing Oriental series and explores the ancient Chinese practice of foot binding. I am morbidly fascinated by foot binding and puzzled at how such an extreme beauty fad could have lasted for nearly a thousand years, eventually becoming conventional practice. All customs, traditions and notions of beauty originate in our social and economic environments, and I wonder what combination of factors allowed a fashion that required seriously disabling half of its population. Today such a practice does not make sense, but something at the time made it beautiful and even essential for a woman. What was it?
Three dimensional needle engraving on porcelain, hand carved and cast sterling silver Lotus shoes with 24 karat gold plate, hand-cast sterling silver hair accessories, synthetic enameling, silk fiber magnetic wig, china paint, industrial springs, leather. 13.5” (34.5cm) tall. (34.5cm) tall.