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Gill Russell is an artist interested in places of 'significance’ and how they resonate in a wider context. She works across a range of forms and media, including installation, audio, mapping, drawing, poems and texts. Walking is often key to her exploration. 

Current work (March 2022) includes the exhibition Flare and Flow, commissioned by Aberdeen Performing Arts as part of Boundaries: A City of Sea and Sky to create new work in response to the essay A Narrow Glimpse of Sea by writer Esther Woolfson. The exhibition opens in Aberdeen Music Hall, 25 March 2022.

Much of her work has focused on water and its dynamics with the land. These explorations have been expressed through map-drawings, walking, texts and visual poems. They include participatory and solo projects Our Living Rivers and Glens (2021) and the  Covid Walking Project (2020); a flood protection scheme in Hawick , and exhibitions at An Lanntair, Stornoway ( 2021)  and Taigh Chearsabhag ( 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.

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