Horizons Are Important presents the landscapes that formed me as drawings of two or three lines. The work is a collection of thoughts, recollections, and projections that have emerged through a lifetime of walking alongside some very important people.
The walks documented here are bookended by my childhood introduction to the Pennine Way, in 1990, and my most recent (and at last successful) attempt at walking its entire length, in 2018.
‘Standing, for the second time in my life, on the platform of Edale train station in the heart of the Peak District, I hoped that walking all the way to Scotland might make me a Walking Artist. This was me, leaning into my fear that one day I might run out of ideas. If only I had been able to identify my working methods, maybe it would not have come to this.’
Trevor H. Smith works with writing, walking, talking, and drawing to consider the impacts of landscape, cultural origins, and relationships on his mental wellbeing and place in the world. Having had two projects – an annual walking-as-residency along one of the UK’s Long Distance Footpaths, and his series of Walks With Other Artists – put on hold due to the global pandemic, Trevor was invited by Fifth Syllable to produce an artist’s book. The result, Horizons Are Important, is an account of significant walks, important encounters, and other watershed moments in life, accompanied by line-drawings of equally important horizons.