The Shoe Navy 2009 (an ongoing work)
The Shoe Navy has been inspired by the lost shoes I frequently find washed up on the beaches of south east England; and the stories of immigration, emigration and ethnic cleansing we frequently hear in the media. Travelling across the water in search of a new home and new life is a very powerful idea. An idea that is rendered all the more powerful when people are compelled to do so in vessels that are hardly seaworthy. I believe the model boats I have made are imbued with the hopes and aspirations of the shoes' original owners.