Richard Long Feeling My Way 2002

Richard Long
Feeling My Way
© the artist

Richard Long works in the medium of Land Art. He is well-known for using natural rocks and stones in his sculptures which combine the qualities of Geology with the artist’s own arrangements of shape and colour.

For this exhibition he has drawn a tight spiral line in the centre of the paper. Three lines orbit or slingshot their way across this shape, the longest of which is made of little hand-drawn dots. Wherever you place your hand on the drawing, a pattern of lines takes your hand on a moving journey across the linear landscape. Two black ovals look like stones or pebbles in a garden and there is a Korean seal in the bottom right hand corner.

The references to art forms in nature are clear: the spiral appears over and over again in the natural world. The overlapping curved lines look like charts of cosmic orbits. There is also a prehistoric feeling to the drawing; early Mediterranean and Celtic cultures carved spirals onto rock surfaces as the very simplest pattern man could use to make his mark on nature and later the spiral developed into a more meditative symbol.

In 2000 Richard Long made a large wall-work out of mud for Tate Modern. It is still here, currently concealed behind a false wall in a nearby room in readiness for the possibility of being revealed and redisplayed once again.