Olivier Urman is a “post-bourgeois” artist. Born in Paris in 1964, he casts a sideways look at our everyday objects. He frees them from their initial function, hangs them up, turns them around, ennobles them. This transformation reveals a number of evident points as a result. After the Dr Urman, les Peluches du Dr Urman and Merveilleuse Mère Nature collections, this ‘wax boot as the main course’ is inspired by these troubled and changing objects.
Until I was fourteen, only my shoes gave me a feeling of invincibility; I slept with them when they were new. The boots were like a suit of armour, or a shell.
The boot is the only clothing that keeps the shape of the body once removed. They retain the day’s memories within their depths… along with a smell as well of course. I’ve done boots in plush, foam and fur. They replace the teddy-bear on the sofa and evoke an undeniable femininity but when ‘de-sexed’, are much more restful!
Boots have left their imprint on the surface of the moon; is that enough of a future for them?
Photography of the artist by Claude Estèbe