Tao Siqi, Loyalty, 2022

“Like a cultural litmus test, you can generally tell something niche has hit the mainstream when the Kardashians are talking about it. In recent months, that thing has been foot fetishes,” writes Madeleine Pollard in a new feature on the subject, and its art-world implications, for Elephant. Shanghai-based painter Tao Siqi “zooms in on sexual acts and interactions” in her sensuous, small-scale works, and frequently factors feet into the equation (as seen here). “Feet are the lowest point of the body and get the least care, so they’ve become a symbol of inferiority, which is often reflected in BDSM culture,” Siqi explains of the recurring motif. Click here to read on.