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21. January, 2010 / Idun

The inspiration Richard Long

Richard Long was born in 1945, and is an English sculptor, photographer and painter. Read more about Richard Long on Wikipedia. He is the only artist that has been nominated for the Tuner Prize 4 times, and in 1989 he was named the winner. His works are based on walks he has made, for example deliberately altering the landscape in some way, and often creating sculptures made of stones, branches and the like found on site which were then photographed. He has also recorded his walks in other ways, including photographs or maps of unaltered landscapes that were accompanied by texts detailing the time and place of the walk. My interest, however, lies with his on-site sculptures and alterations of the landscapes in which the walks have taken place, and the sense of time these represent.

What first gave Richard Long a name was his work “A Line Made by Walking” (1967), which is exactly what it describes; a line or a path in the grass made by Long himself by walking back and forth. I enjoy the work because of its sense of time, and I feel it represents the many walks required to make a path and the changes that happen over time.

Time is also an important factor in my own work. Ceramics is a material that requires time. You have to wait for the different stages, wait for the clay to dry, and wait for the firing. It is a long process that includes many changes. Changes and repetition is important in my work, an aspect I enjoy very much. I am a systematic person, and system is something that shows in my work. I believe that is why I enjoy Long’s sculptures; chaotic natural materials put into order and system, for example “Delabole Slate Circle” (1997)

“For one thing, mud from the Avon is the best in the world. It’s classic tidal mud, which is different from mud that you might dig up in a field or muddy earth you get on your boots. It’s very, very fine; it’s silt, not soil. The molecular structure is completely different. It’s very robust. It lasts well. A mud work on a wall could last for hundreds of years.” (Richard Long, The Daily Telepgraph, 2006)

Enjoy the images, I certainly do!


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