ShoeStories by Claudia Lynch

Reluctant Patient Shoe

"What kind of doctor are you, anyway?"


We didn't know each other very well, and we already had kind of a strange relationship. I'd been trying to get her to open up a little, but she was nervous. That wasn't unusual.


"Let's just talk," I said, putting down my tools and trying to be less intimidating.


It was the right thing to do. She relaxed a little, and asked if I enjoyed my work.


"It's the most fun I can have standing up," I said.


She smiled and relaxed a little more. This was the opening I'd been looking for.



Reluctant Patient Shoe
Gicleé print, signed & matted — $75

Every shoe tells a story — A gallery had arranged a show in conjunction with a dental convention, so I created a Chattering Teeth Shoe, a Tooth Fairy Shoe, and this rather ambiguous Reluctant Patient shoe.


It started out as just a Reluctant Patient Shoe — which I have now re-named it — buttoned, buckled, zipped, hooked and locked up within an inch of her life. I'd made that open toe look like a mouth, but then I noticed that the color and the shape made it look like something else as well. I love that no one is quite sure whether the doctor is a dentist or a gynecologist...



"I'm proud to be represented in more downstairs powder rooms than any other living artist!"  — Claudia Lynch

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