Image size 24cm x 24cm (mounted size 44cm x 44cm)
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.
Orange shoes were bought in Barcelona and made in China, I painted them in the middle of my garden on a lovely hot day.