My Funky Shoes
Nada Sesar-Raffay remained in Toronto when her husband returned to Zagreb, Croatia. Her shoes, which she bought in the mid-nineties on Queen Street, were black. Their comfort, on the one side, combined with their lack of elegance and femininity on the other, suited her at the time for her daily walk south from Bloor Street to her studio at Spadina and Queen – on the fifth floor of a building with windows facing south, and a view of the Cameron House with its rooftop patio. For five years, in all four seasons, she walked south to north and north to south in these shoes. At the beginning of the new millennium, she painted them in funky colours. It was like giving her friends the right to rest, preserving them in colourful memory.