This is part of my series of drawings, 3D, photography and text works, made in response to walking together, virtually, with an international group of artists on 22 March 2020, creatively responding and communicating to a series of prompts from Groundworks – Landlinks. It started during lockdown in the UK and expanded into a series of online conversations and an exhibition. My responses reflect my fascination with line and recording traces of a location’s identity, from skylines to the surface of the ground. Walking remotely but simultaneously with others around the world led me to approach a familiar walk with fresh eyes, responding to whatever I happened upon and letting this lead my creative responses. Walking and collaborative projects free me up to experiment and try new approaches to my creative practice. They have also led to new conversations with other artists and networks, taking on new resonances during the pandemic.
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.