Father’s Shoes

Jasleen Kaur

repurposed leather brogue and flip flop

  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection
    Father’s Shoes, made by Jasleen Kaur for her MA graduation show at the Royal College of Art in 2010, derives from two pieces of her father’s footwear. In a near-seamless relationship, the combination of these found objects captures the artist’s description of her father as ‘a proper business man improperly dressed.’ This work signifies a shift in Kaur’s practice, when she had completed her two-year studies in jewellery and metalworking. Her work moved away from these disciplines towards a more direct relationship with objects, and a desire to bring them together to explore how they ‘speak to each other’. Kaur has described Father’s Shoes as signifying ‘..the real start of my journey in making’.
  • About the artist
    Jasleen Kaur is a Scottish-Indian artist based in London. She graduated from the Silversmithing and Jewellery department of Glasgow School of Art in 2008, and studied Applied Art at the Royal College of Art, London in 2009-10. Her multidisciplinary practice explores the linguistics of material and the ‘social life of an object’, through diasporic identity and hierarchies of history, both colonial and personal. She has exhibited internationally since 2010, with selected group exhibitions at: V&A Museum of Childhood, London (2012); Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (2014); MIMA, Middlesborough (2017); BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2019). She has had solo shows at FCAC, Scotland (2016) and Market Gallery, Glasgow (2018). Alongside her practice, Kaur has lectured at the Chelsea College of Arts and Royal College of Art, London.
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    Father’s Shoes
    repurposed leather brogue and flip flop
    height: 24.0 cm; width: 20.0 cm; depth: 9.0 cm
    Purchased from the artist March 2021, through the Art XUK project 2020-21
    The artist; from whom purchased by UK Government Art Collection, 31 March 2021
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