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.
The perfect shoes were the first pair painted in the shoes series.. perfect in every way.. except perhaps a little tight.. still, can’t have everything and the quest for the truly perfect pair is never ending after all!
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