In this series, called ‘Miles and Miles’, Erik lets the shoe soles weave the tapestry of all these walkers’ stories.
Erik Cox: “A few years ago, I put notes in people’s mailboxes in my neighbourhood, with the text ‘please donate old shoes for an artist’s project’. I didn’t get many reactions, but I knew that I wanted to do something with cast off shoes. I didn’t know then exactly what the project would be.” Erik is now working on a series of paintings made – literally – of worn shoe soles. What fascinates him is their contact with the Earth, the many kilometres the shoes travelled together, each pair showing its particular pattern of wear, its unique footprint.