Local artwork paths

My plugin provides content for MyVideoNav (addDirectoryItem() stuff). I want to provide also thumbnails, icons etc for list items (the ones provided by default).

From what I can see, by default Kodi provides external urls for these elements http://host/some/path/file.jpg). Is it OK? Should't they be local files? Does Kodi fetches all the graphics from the network all the time?

Or rather some mechanism uses these external paths for mapping to internal files located somewhere on a disk?
Artwork files need to be on a path reachable by Kodi, local or a remote. Remote artwork is downloaded in the background and stored in the Kodi image cache.
Raspberry PI 2 + LibreELEC 8 (Kodi 17)
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 + Kodi 17 for Android
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