After Taq Class
Judi Simon (BS of Design, 1969)
My art work often reflects a specific happy memory from my childhood. I chose to paint the “tap shoes”, not just because it brought back a wonderful time in my life, but also because of the strong contrasting shapes and colors. These tap shoes were worn for many “end of year” dance recitals and I have kept them all these years. I love the cracked black leather, the gross grain ribbons with the frayed ends and the reflective metal taps contrasting against the light carpet. They were wonderful objects to paint and remember.
This work is featured as part of Future Former: An Exhibition of Alumni Work. This exhibition honors the creative work and careers of all Stamps School alumni, creates an aspirational connection between generations of U-M artists and designers and current Stamps students, and inspires reflection during the university's Bicentennial year.