Deborah Brown’s SHADOW PAINTINGS derive from daily walks with her dog Trout during the year of the pandemic. The subject matter is drawn from the East Williamsburg Industrial Zone in Brooklyn where the artist’s studio is located. The area is dominated by one-story warehouses covered with colorful street art, murals, and graffiti. Although the neighborhood is only a few miles from Manhattan, the absence of tall structures allows for uninterrupted vistas down multiple blocks, often in several directions at once. These are some of the elements that attracted the artist to paint these images. The SHADOW PAINTINGS are structured around absence. The human protagonist is represented by her shadow. A leash connects her to her canine companion who is often the only animate creature in the painting. The low angle of the sunlight extends the shadows far into the distance, creating odd distortions and evocative patterns. In constructing the images, Brown catalogues the multifaceted structures in an urban space—stop signs, telephone poles, light stanchions, fences, grates, sidewalk paving, and spray-painted symbols. Common-place artifacts that we take for granted in a human-inflected environment are paired with the graffiti that covers the low-rise structures. The result is a play of painted signs and symbols that move our eye around the space of the painting, creating new relationships between the elements and forcing the viewer to decode and reinterpret familiar markers.