"Goody Two-Shoes"

Art exhibition proposal

By Leslie Gabaldon

Date: Spring 2010

Venue: Dot Fiftyone Gallery, Miami, FL

Medium: Photography, installation, printmaking, mixed media.

Theme: Expectation versus reality regarding women’s role in contemporary society. Beauty and brains… Contents behind the perfection…Beauty, perfection, good behavior: empowerment or coercion?

Definition: “Goody Two-Shoes” is a popular phrase that refers to person who is excessively virtuous. It is believed that it came out of a 1765 children’s story by an anonymous author about a pour girl that was so nice regardless of her poverty that life rewarded her with a wealthy husband…

Now days the concept has developed into a more sarcastic one implying that the incorruptibility of a “Goody tow-shoes” is deceitful


The show will be based on paper dolls. Paper dolls are two-dimensional figures of humans or animals printed on paper or any other flat material for which accompanying clothing and accessories had been made also from paper. It may also be three-dimensional figures as long as their customs are made exclusively of paper. Paper dolls are characterized by their aesthetics and attitude of perfection. Its lack of movement implies already stiffness, an impossibility of change in their postures

"Goody Two-Shoes".

The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes is a children's story by an anonymous author, published in 1765. The story popularized the phrase "goody two-shoes", often used to describe an excessively or annoyingly virtuous person. In more recent years, the phrase has developed a more negative connotation, implying that the virtuousness of a "goody two-shoes" is insincere.[1]

Although The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes is credited with popularizing the term "goody two-shoes", the actual origin of the phrase is unknown. It appears a century earlier in Charles Cotton's Voyage to Ireland in Burlesque (1670):[5]

Mistress mayoress complained that the pottage was cold;
'And all long of your fiddle-faddle,' quoth she.
'Why, then, Goody Two-shoes, what if it be?
Hold you, if you can, your tittle-tattle,' quoth he.

Paper Doll Definition

A paper doll is a two-dimensional figure drawn or printed on paper for which accompanying clothing has also been made. It may be a figure of a person, animal or inanimate object. The term may be extended to include similar items made of materials other than paper, such as plastic, cloth or wood. The term also may include three-dimensional dolls and their costumes that are made exclusively of paper. Collectors sometimes extend their collections to include other toys printed on paper, such as paper airplanes, cars and trains, animals and birds, villages, furniture and so on.

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