image size 13cm x 17cm (33cm x 37cm inc. mount)
Originally inspired by the story of the twelve dancing princesses, who danced at midnight and wore their shoes out every night, Kirsten’s love of collected objects is epitomized in the shoes paintings; the ultimate collection. Shoes are worn throughout life and carry the scuffs, scrapes, wear and tear as we go. A pair of shoes are a reminder of an event or a time in life, evocative and intensely personal. Carefully chosen text, images, maps and fragments of paper are collaged onto the surface before painting. Each pair of shoes tells a story, real or imagined.. sometimes secret, obvious only to the owner of the shoes.
Catharine is a good friend of mine and the fragments of text hint at her personality and interests.. she is flamboyant, creative, Irish.. and we once travelled on a painting holiday to thailand. A very splendid pair of shoes, perfect for supermarket shopping and a bit of dancing..!
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