06 September 2005

Richard Long - Sculpture

Long translates his deeply personal experiences in the wilderness into sculptures and mud drawings that are created for exhibition spaces and private collections. Pieces composed of flint, slate, feathers, pine needles, sticks, and other rustic materials become metaphors for the paths taken on his ramblings: the spirals, circles, and lines, if extended beyond the gallery walls, would trace actual distances traveled by the artist. The sculptures are not, therefore, representations of nature per se but rather aesthetic documents of Long's engagement with the land and poetic evocations of the beauty and grandeur of the earth.

Having just travelled all over the north of Scotland looking at prehistoric ruins, I'm now relating it back to English environmental art. Hamish Fulton, Richard Long, Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash and so on.

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