Robert Goodman Jewelers
106 N. Main St.
Zionsville, IN 46077
"Story Book Stilettos" is a series consisting of seven small "quilts" featuring images of shoes from historical collections and today's marketplace, each set in the scene of a storybook narrative.
Hardy is an artist and art historian who investigates clothing codes that often lead to character assumptions regarding the wearer. In this series, Hardy was inspired by the influence of fairy tales upon cultural expectations of beauty and femininity.
The diminutive size of the quilts belies their purposethey're too small to provide warmth, and the shoes are oversizedmuch too big for any woman to fill. Hardy believes this parallels the paradox of fashion, and fairytales.
The exhibit is the first event of the Art & Space Program created by the Zionsville Arts Initiative. Michael Bartosz, President of ZAI, claims that putting art in retail and corporate spaces enables people to "interact with art in their daily lives."
Goodman, a member of the ZAI board of directors, invited Hardy to exhibit because he feels the collaboration of artists and merchants can create "a cauldron of ideas."
Hardy is enthusiastic about exhibiting at Goodman's, stating "My work is about the fuzzy lines between art and commerce, this is a perfect setting!"
All works are available for acquisition as a group or as individual pieces.
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