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I work with used/found shoes utilizing them as both simple metaphor and as sensual, visual text. The work can indicate change over time, a wearing out of original form and the emergence of transformative new narratives and representations. The variety and texture of the shoes emphasizes the uniqueness, endurance and occasionally the wit of individual experience.

In installation they can be understood as a dense mass of people where individuals are often lost or submerged under the burden of daily life, habit and routine.

Massed on a table or floor, the work provides a contemplation of the shoes with their distinct historical traces and idiosyncrasies. Viewed separately they are small sculptures that speak of solo adventures.

"But now the salmon-fishers moist
Their leather boats begin to hoist
And like Antipodes in shoes,
Have shod their heads in their canoes"

Upon Appleton House
Andrew Marvel (1621 - 1678)
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recent work



installation
To Market, To Market
2013
August, 2013
Linenhall Art Centre,
Castlebar,
County Mayo, Ireland

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installation Momentum
2012
November, 2012
Hunt Gallery
Mary Baldwin College
Staunton, Virginia

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conventions Conventions
2011
March, 2011
Area 405,
Baltimore, Maryland

"Pettus isn't crossing cultures but time.
Her treatment of shoes turns them into
minor monuments to time's passing..."
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city square City Square
2010






painting

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April, 2010
At the Creative Alliance.
Baltimore, Maryland





depaso De Paso
2009
October, 2009
At the Palacete del Embarcadero,
Santander, Spain
Curated by independent photographer,
filmmaker and curator Oscar Villegas Páez.
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Overgrown Path
On An Overgrown Path
2008
November, 2008
Shoe Sculptures
Inkwash on Paper

Stevenson University
Baltimore, Maryland
Curated by Diane di Salvo.
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Promenade

De Paso


2004
Promenade

Shoe Sculptures
Inkwash on Paper

Resurgam Gallery
Baltimore, Maryland





De Paso

De Paso


2003
Plaza, Piazza, Ploshadz

St. Peterburg, Russia
History in the life of a shoe

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1996 - top
1995 - below
History in the Life of a Shoe, I & II

both at Resurgam Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland