Field of Vision project,
2011 residency in Washington DC
Land Art: Art and Walking
Richard Long's famous piece 'Line made by walking' from 1967 is a simple mapping exercise. The young artist repeatedly traverses a park until the grass is pressed down into a long line, which is then photographed and recorded for posterity.
left: Richard Long, A Line made by walking, 1967
right: Riverlines, 2006
Riverlines is a mural by Richard Long created in the
in New York in 2006. He created the work using a mixture
mud from two rivers: the Hudson (in the United States)
and the Avon (in
Much of land art embraces the idea of 'intervention', often in ways more monumental than by just walking. By contrast, Tracy Hill visits unique places and landscapes in a much more subtle way, deeply engaging with its features in search of its 'Haecceity', but leaving it virtually undisturbed. Aided by high-tech scanning the artist endeavors to observe the environment in all its uniqueness and layered complexity.
Following a process of painstaking data analysis, editing, and artistic re-creation, these observations go deeper and into more topographical detail than is normally humanly possibly through our ordinary senses. Tracy Hills' wall drawings, objects, and prints, are all testimony to an astounding authenticity that links the artwork to their origins in actual places, in the artist's vision, and in the viewer's enjoyment of Tracy Hill's captivating art.
Tracy Hill's art also invites a contemporary dialogue with the endeavors of 'land art', and in the series 'Footsquare' is based on actual walks that become part of the process and the artwork, not unlike some of the early 'walking' pieces made by Richard Long on the outset of his career.
The Artist explains: "Footsquare’ was part of a project I undertook with Martha Oatway who I met in Preston while she was on a residential visit from Washington DC. We decided to do a series of walks in both Lancashire and Washington DC and then make works in response. There is a ‘Footsquare' panel for each walk we did - 10 in total. There was definitely an influence of Richard Long as well as artists such as Brendan Stuart Burns, Sarah Cullen and Teri Rueb who are all exploring ideas around mapping and connection to site and place."
Born in Birmingham Tracy Hill studied Fine Art at Burnsville School of Art, Birmingham, Sheffield Hallam University and University of Central Lancashire, Preston.
Currently a research associate and co-leader of Artlab Contemporary Print Studios at The University of Central Lancashire, Hill’s practice investigates and reconsiders the relationship between our developing digital capabilities and the aesthetics of the traditional hand created mark.