I write about this because last week, Peter Stempel from Stempel Form Architecural Firm brought over his summer interns for a studio tour and discussion. During their visit the foot fetish story formed in my mind for the first time. It has always been lurking in the back of my mind but more as an impression and feeling. I spoke about this then in the context of discussing my sculpture. I mentioned that in almost every animal that I make, especially the hare, I cross the hind legs in a way that reminds me of the way my teacher would rub her calf muscle with her other foot.
A few years ago, I was attending a parent teacher conference for one of my kids. The teacher was new, young and right out of college. She dressed provocatively with a short skirt and high heel boots and do you think I remember much of what she said? I do of course, (she was a bad teacher ie, on line shopping when she should have been teaching) but I wonder if there are little boys in her class that have tuned out her words in favor of how she dresses.
Up with People, pretty girls. My elementary school teacher. My kid's teacher. Living in such a conservative state, Lori and I worry about the right wing religious messages our kids are getting. It occurs to me that the worry is unfounded. Based on my experience, it doesn't sink in and may even serve as jewels to be mined for art.
There are other influences as well and as they wriggle their way into consciousness, I'll post.