MY INNER SOLE
June 27, 2009 through August 17, 2009
In this installation I have tried to explore the duality of
common objects - objects that are tangible and objects that live in our memories.
Shoes are the catalyst for many of my memories. Shoes are the carriers of our
odor and footprints. Shoes are shaped by our sweat into personal molds.
Throughout history, functional accessories reflected social
status and a sense of wellbeing and security. In the last decade we have witnessed
a frenzied consumption of designer shoes and bags. Brand names were the "Coat
of Arms" for functional objects: bags, to carry belongings and shoes, the primary
mean of "human locomotion". Both my parents survived the concentration camps.
Their families were murdered and their upper middle class status and possession
vanished. In my mother's meticulous descriptions, beautiful objects mingled with
the horrors of war. Those were the first footprints of my childhood memories.
While Hitler's voice was blasting on the radio, my grandparents were renovating
their summer- house, the tailor was busy embellishing the silk dresses for
my mother and her little sister, and the men, were skiing in the mountains with
their warm ski boots.
In my many years as a designer working in Varanasi, the
Holy Indian city along the bank of the Gangi River, I tried to reproduce the
beauty of some of the textiles my mother described: weaving the pain into cloth.
Beauty and death on the weft, memories on the warp.
The proximity of the smoking
funeral pyres and the bathers in their colorful saris had a powerful impact on
me. Luxury and death paraded hand in hand in India in the same way as they marched
in my mother’s memories. Her memory became mine to bear: inseparable and invisible.
"In war you must first think
of shoes then food. Without shoes you can't go after food."
Born in Prague in the middle of the last century in the
Following the Soviet occupation in the 60's, immigrated with
family to Israel.
Early 70's, moved to Italy and attended the Academia di Belle
Arti in Rome.
Early 80's, immigrated to New York with daughter Anatea and started
working in the fashion industry.
Mid 80's, founded ZUZKA collection and travelled
extensively to India, Vietnam, Burma, Ghana, Thailand and Europe in search
of textiles and worked directly with hand weavers and embroiderers who realized
her intricate designs.
Over 22 years, Zuzka was established as a luxury brand
in high-end women's wear and home furnishing stores. At the same time, Zuzka
was designing costumes for dance and opera using innovative optical fibers.
She experimented with sculptural forms using textiles as her favorite medium.
Two years ago, ZUZKA collection closed it's doors and since then Zuzka has
been dedicating her time to art.
Zuzka lives in New York City with her husband
Steve and a red cat.