'I got a readership at the experimental glass workshop in New York. That they should be made from glass was especially important because of the fragility, but also because they're almost not there. They can actually disappear in certain lighting.' This impermanence is vital, providing 'a little bit of humour' in a wry aside to Cinderella's glass slipper. But Mulfinger wants us to read her shoes on a deeper level: 'I want to give them a presence, as if someone were actually standing in them. I really believe people can feel an empathy with the shoes as emotive objects. It's almost as if you might have worn them yourself. They are charged with collective memory - a semi-tragic vision.'
At the Mayor Gallery, 22a Cork St, London W1 (071- 734 3558). To 16 Sept
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