The Four Walks series documents the detail and variety of repeated walks. During the pandemic, walking structured my time as I repeatedly documented the small changes and shifts in comparative objects encountered each day. Having previously developed work reflecting on Darwin’s daily routine of walking (Thinking Path and Pen Rest), the Four Walks series has become a responsive form of ongoing data collection, creating a personal taxonomy based on noticing, revisiting and monitoring the evidence of objects, animals and surfaces. Each image records the slow evolution of landscapes as they respond to the changing weather, processes of slow erosion or the presence of wildlife. Often documenting an Iron Age site and the South Downs, these works reflect on the microscopic changes that form the flow of time.
Shirley Chubb is a Brighton-based artist whose work focuses on broadening the collaborative potential of the visual arts and involves the use of artefacts, film and digital technologies. She is Emerita Reader in Interdisciplinary Art at the University of Chichester and an Honorary Fellow in the School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton. Shirley’s research is focused on the significance of walking through particular environments and landscapes where she works with physiotherapists and volunteer participants. She was lead researcher on the Wellcome Trust funded Significant Walks project and holds the 2021 Creative Physiotherapy Scholarship at Auckland University of Technology working within the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences.