Gill Russell is an artist interested in places of 'significance’ (mythological, geographical, poetic, historical, cosmic, sonic, technological, ancient ) and how they resonate in the landscape. She works across a range of forms and media, including installation, audio-visual, mapping, drawing, sculpture and texts. Walking is often key to her exploration.
Recently her work has focused on water and its dynamics/juxtaposition with the land. These explorations have been expressed through map-drawings, walking, texts and visual poems. Current work includes the Covid Walking Project, large scale drawings for a flood protection scheme in Hawick ( lead artist Andrew Mackenzie) and a forthcoming solo exhibition at An Lanntair, Stornoway, May - July 2021.
She has worked with poet/artist Alec Finlay on several projects with special areas of interest including poetic interpretation of place names, river systems, ecological mappings, guiding walks. For example 'Gathering', a poetic and photographic mapping of the Braemar region inspired by local placenames and their meanings, commissioned by Hauser & Wirth.
In 2014, she had a residency with Deveron Arts, Huntly on the 'Hielan' Ways' project, identifying sites or landforms of significance and focusing on paths and the watercourses which define the land. From these explorations, she created a blog ' lorg-coise ' and a book of fourteen thematic map-drawings of walking routes with texts.
Previous projects and exhibitions include Landmarks (2013) in Glenbuchat, Strathdon; Where Long Shadows Fall (2011/2012), outdoor installations and events for UNESCO’s Year of the Forest in Cairngorms National Park ; Artist in residence at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Skye (2009/10) and solo exhibition ‘Uamh/Cave’ (2011), an installation about the High Pasture Cave in Skye at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.
Gill lives in Glenkindie, Strathdon.