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. She has created several outdoor sound and light installations set in the remote Highland landscape.
She is currently (2015-17) working with poet/artist Alec Finlay and others on '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.
Other recent 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.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
1994 - BA Hons Fine Art Sculpture, Gray's School of Art Aberdeen, Aberdeen
2012 - REACH, An Talla Solais, Ullapool
2011 - Sòrn, Strathmashie Forest, Laggan Wolftrax Centre
2011 - 'UAMH', Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2011 - Where Long Shadows Fall, Glenbuchat Woods, Glencbuchat, Strathdon
2010 - CAVE, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye
2008 - Solus, Aberfeldy Watermill, Aberfeldy
2007 - Sòlas, Glenuig , Moidart
2010 - 'LONG WAVE', Clan Donald Sculpture Trail, Isle of Skye
1995 - Orions Dream, Pier Arts Centre, Orkney
2009 - Artist in Residence, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye
2007 - Artist in Residence, Highland Constellation Project 2007, Glenuig, Moidart
2004 - CosmicSky Project: www.cosmicsky.co.uk, Touring exhibtion , Perth Concert Hall, Oldham Art Gallery, ThinkTank Science Centre, Bolsover Castle