Drawing Breath (Landscape) – Ruth Broadbent

A mass of lines and marks of black pens across a long length of paper
Drawing Breath (Landscape) - Photo Credit: Ruth Broadbent
A mass of lines and marks of black pens across a long length of paper
Drawing Breath (Landscape) – Photo Credit: Ruth Broadbent

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.

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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.