Peng Wei is a contemporary female artist with a studio in Beijing. This recently acquired pair of shoes made of transparent silk allows a glimpse onto their soles painted with erotic scenes that refer to the past, showing female figures with bound feet. However, the ballerina-style shoes reflect a modern and more liberal way of living.
The workâ€™s title, Good Things Come in Pairs (haoshi chengshuang), is a Chinese proverb. It can also be read as an allusion to the Chinese philosophical principle that when the forces of yin and yangâ€”or male and femaleâ€”are in balance, harmony and order are achieved. As is typical for her works, Peng Weiâ€™s pair of shoes demonstrate a refined elegance and a unique aesthetic approach through the choice of material combined with an original idea.