The work is a series of 60x60mm cards, 2 cards per day from January 2021 until April 2021. I walked for one hour every day, which was all we were allowed to do at the very start of the pandemic, and collected things as I went. I collected textures by using charcoal rubbings or contact prints pressed into the ground. I collected the route I walked by using a GPS tracked app on my phone and then hand drawing the journey. I collected imagery by taking photos on my phone. I collected my words by writing them down in a journal straight after the walk, which I then condensed down into 60 words to reflect the 60 minutes I spent walking. I collected my thoughts by speaking aloud during the walk and recording them. Finally, I collected my personal experiences of the walk such as what I saw, heard, smelt, or touched, which were often documented as drawings.
The walks were always solo and took place around my local area in Huddersfield as travel restrictions were in place.
The work acts as an archive of my journeys, as well as describing a very strange period in history.
Imogen Spencer is an artist, collector, walker, and archivist. Her practice is the process of ‘collecting’ her daily walks.
The experience of lockdown restrictions and exercise being limited to one hour a day has impacted her walking practice. She has placed restrictions on her practice to reflect the fact that her walks have been limited to one hour, such as controlling the size of the paper she works on (60x60mm) and limiting the tools that she works with.
Spencer’s aim is to collect physical memories and translate them into an archive that she can share with others as an artwork.