Vojislava Citakovic is a Serbian ceramicist who graduated from the University of Arts in Belgrade in 2003. This sculptural shoe was made by her as part of a three-piece group (the other two objects were a ballet shoe and a boot) when she was still a student. It jump-started her career when it was awarded an Honourable Mention at the 2nd World Ceramics Biennale in Korea in 2003 (ceramics as expression category) . The shoe was subsequently selected for inclusion in the survey exhibition 'Serbian Contemporary Ceramics' organised by the Museum of Applied Art in Belgrade and shown at Sydney's Ceramic Art Gallery in 2005. The Powerhouse Museum acquired the shoe from this exhibition.
When Citakovic made the shoe, she was inspired by the theatre and "imagined that the shoe was part of a theatrical costume rather than representing any specific period or fashion." *Today, she still concentrates on figurative ceramics but her approach, scale and subjects have changed: she now often makes narrative compositions inspired by pop culture and contemporary consumer society which focus on human figures and everyday objects and situations. Her stoneware compositions tend to be large and are decorated with pigments and porcelain slip.
* Correspondence with artist.