One of a pair of brown leather, lace-up boots, size 38 (European) manufactured by 'Bally,' owned and worn by Mirka Mora. This style of boots was commonly worn by Mirka and epitomised her style.
This is one of a collection of artist's materials, sewing equipment, clothing and personal items relating to the life and work of Melbourne iconic artist Mirka Mora, sourced from her Tanner Street Richmond artist studio in 2019.
Brown leather boot, right foot with brown laces and chunky heel.
Statement of Historical Significance:
There are few names as synonymous with Melbourne's cultural and artistic life as Mirka Mora. Artist and café and restaurant owner, her larger than life personality and her very accessible and public art dominated Melbourne's cultural landscape for over 50 years. Mirka embodied the spirit of bohemian Melbourne for decades and this collection will enable us to be able to present this history in an engaging and tangible way. The material represents a migrant, cultural and artistic life, beyond artworks, and bring the personal side of Mirka to life. It provides an insight into Mirka's artistic practice and personal life. Mirka was a post World War II migrant and a leader in the formative years of Melbourne artistic and cultural urban development. This collection demonstrates her artistic processes, reveals her influences and her style,
This collection also complements one of the migration collection's strongest sub-collections, the Immigration and Artistic Practice collection. This collection draws on artworks, materials, equipment, migration objects and oral histories to explore how Victorian migrant artist's adapt, develop and transform their artistic practice within a new social, cultural and artistic environment. It provides evidence of the richness provided to the documenting of migrant artist's lives, not just through their artworks, but through the materials showing how their practice evolved over time.
Type of item
260 mm (Length), 90 mm (Width), 180 mm (Height)