This drawing was created in response to walking together but apart with an international group of artists in March 2020, creatively responding to a series of prompts from Groundworks – Landlinks. The drawing was an extension to one of my works from this walk, imagining the spot on the walk where I paused to make a tillroll skyline drawing. It was made at a time when travel there was not permitted due to COVID-19, so instead of making it in situ, I travelled there in my imagination. I could imagine the stile I would have climbed over to get into this field, the path, hedgerow, trees and sheep, the sound of the spring and stream, of birds and a gentle breeze. I breathed deeply, letting my pens respond as my mind carried me to this place on the walk.
Ruth Broadbent’s creative practice is inspired by nature and ecology, and informed by her interdisciplinary academic background in art, sociology, human rights and languages. Her work draws on a fascination with line; imagined lines; lines in and across landscape; lines mapped by walking and cycling ancient tracks and waterways. Connecting with a place or doodling on a page, often leads her to dive deeper into considering how we respond to history, culture and communication. Alongside exhibiting her artwork, she teaches drawing and sculpture, is a member of drawing, walking and ecology artist networks, and creates events for organisations and festivals.