Like A Virgin
These sculptures are a tribute to all women who endure the torture of wearing stilettos. Their sacrifice does not go unnoticed. This sculpture is handmade from hand picked solid and veneer woods. The height ranges from 17 inches to 24 inches tall. My wife's own heels are first use for templates to emulate a correct insole contour, then the shaping process begins. From a solid piece of wood the actual sole is carved. After the sole has been carved and sanded smooth carefully selected veneers are applied. Then the straps (band saw blades) were attached. The insole is made of multiple layers of veneer pressed into shape. The colored lacquer is applied to the bottom sole, and multiple coats of clear lacquer are sprayed and buffed.
© Omar Angel Perez, photo Katharine Landmier.