River Avon Mud drawings, Ten Mud-dipped papers (1988)
About this artwork
In this series of prints, the artist has allowed the medium to dictate the forms which appear. The drawings for the prints were made by submerging pieces of paper into a thin muddy solution, so the shapes which appear are a combined result of the force of gravity with the nature of the material itself. Through the repetition of this simple action, ten unique images have been created. Long likes the simple, direct nature of mud. Traditionally it is seen as a fertile and therefore life-giving substance. It also combines the elements of earth and water, which are transformed into a liquid by energy.
- title: River Avon Mud drawings, Ten Mud-dipped papers
- accession number: AR00616
- artist: Richard LongEnglish (born 1945)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- subject: Rivers
- materials: 10 works on paper, mud
- date created: 1988
- measurements: Each: 41.00 x 30.50 cm
- credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
- copyright: © Richard Long
Long was born in Bristol, where he still lives. His work is about walking and the direct experience of nature. He trained from 1966-68 at St Martin's School of Art in London, where several of his contemporaries were busy questioning traditional forms of art. From the mid-1960s, while still a student, he began making walks and photographed the trace he had made (the flattened grass, stones laid at regular intervals) or would simply mark the course of the walk on a map. Later, he began laying rocks or twigs in straight lines or circles. By the late 1970s he was reconstructing these works in interior settings, though the walk remained the basis for collecting the natural material. Long won the Turner prize in 1989.