Celeste Browne

Below is the written explanation of the artist’s Sustained Investigation. To view the full images and details of each piece, click/tap on the thumbnail.

How do shoes evolve throughout our lives? In birth and death, we are barefoot, so I reected such in my rst and last pieces, also mirroring the composition to show the similarity of beginning and end. I have always had an intense awareness of my shoes; how many times have I gazed down at my shoes to notice their look and sound and feel? To appreciate this focus, I used pointillism to get high detail, and added stark shadows to draw that focus. Originally, I created backgrounds with intense color, which I then dulled and simplied when I realized it better highlighted the shoe. I kept a splash of color within the black penwork to reect the idea that even when shoes melt into the background of our life, they still hold a piece of our awareness. I did opt to keep the nal piece colorless, to exhibit the dullness associated with death. I often changed my plan for which shoes to draw to capture the journey and variety of shoes as we mature. As we grow our shoes follow us in difference of expression and utility: from glittery heels to sturdy boots or cozy slippers. I documented the evolution of shoes because they are with us our entire lives, ever a reection of ourselves.