Antonio Paucar’s installation ‘Shoes That Break The Silence’ is made with shoes and yes, that’s right, you’re not imagining it, dead flies. Flies are revolting little things, associated with disease, death and decay, and must be awfully strange and difficult to work with.
Think about how long it would take to actually make the work, to attach each fly, by hand, to a nylon string and hang it, along with a few thousand others to create a moving, ephemeral figure. It’s an interesting concept; a figure made up of dead flies. Perhaps we’re looking at the past, the memory of a person long since gone? Hmm. It’s quite a haunting image. Disgusting too. And fascinating to look at.
The other work, on the floor, is even more disturbing in that my first thoughts were of death. A body being eaten away, the carcass left to rot.