The widening schism in America is on everyone’s minds. A nation once known as a melting pot, once accepting of people from all walks of life, has become one of hardened hearts and closed minds. How can we return to open dialogue without name calling and judgement?

We learn to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.

Shoes: Storytellers of our Lives is a traveling exhibit of glass shoes accompanied with stories written by the shoe owners. These stories, translated into glass represent our common humanity.

Like people, glass is both forgiving and easily shattered. It is sometimes clear, and other times opaque. It can allow us to see inside, or look outside. Glass is the perfect medium to translate this expression into an exhibit built out of empathy. The result of using the pâte de verre technique lends to an added feeling of fragility, another reminder of the importance of honoring and holding space for others.