I describe my work as process-based abstract painting, where often each mark is a response to the previous one. These shoes are a perfect example of that process. I chose the colour scheme I wanted to work with and then painted intuitively, allowing each mark to lead to the next one and building the paint up in layers until the project felt complete. The work done on this pair of shoes is about the practice of painting itself.
Sizing: Mens 8 / Womens 10
Nicole Young (b. 1990 Peterborough, Ontario) is a Kelowna based artist who creates acrylic abstract paintings and collages. Nicole moved to California to study fine arts and art history at the University of California Los Angeles, and returned to the Okanagan in 2014, where she finished her BFA in painting and art history at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Nicole works primarily with acrylic paint, chalk pastels and collaged textiles, using her observations from travel, of people and her work in the fashion industry as influences to develop unique colour schemes and material choices. Her works are narrative in nature, focusing on documentation through abstraction as well as exploring the history of women working with textiles. She has also curated multiple exhibitions through her work as a curatorial intern with the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan. Her mixed media paintings combine paints, dyes and textiles that evoke feelings of nostalgia and a sense of place. Her most recent works reflect her passion for environmental sustainability, incorporating natural dyes, recycled materials and simplicity.
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