Walks to Remember During a Pandemic: ‘With memory I was there’ – Louise Ann Wilson

A memory map of a childhood walk around the Cwm. The image shows a hand-drawn map of a rural village with personal places of interest marked on.
Awena Carter’s Walk Around the Cwm: ‘To Walk was My Delight’ Photo Credit: Awena Carter
A memory map of a childhood walk around the Cwm. The image shows a hand-drawn map of a rural village with personal places of interest marked on.
Awena Carter’s Walk Around the Cwm: ‘To Walk was My Delight’ Photo Credit: Awena Carter

Walks to Remember During a Pandemic: ‘With memory I was there’, was a lockdown project that invited participants to walk longed-for landscapes or places in their memory and draw their walk as a map. These maps could be drawn by an individual, family or group who due to the lockdown restrictions might themselves be separated from one another, or others. A creative, therapeutic and communicative tools, the map could take any form and include line, symbol, colour, text. They could be pictorial, abstract, technical and/or expressive. 

Participants were invited to send me a photograph of their map, alongside three photographs relating to the remembered walk (place, people, animals) and a brief text describing it, and its significance. 

Louise Ann Wilson Company 

Louise Ann Wilson is an artist, scenographer and researcher who creates site-specific walking-performances, films, installations and book that give-voice to ‘missing’ or marginal life-events – with transformative and therapeutic outcomes. Her work has addressed terminal illness, bereavement, in/fertility and involuntary childlessness, the effects of aging and the impact of change.