Richard Long

Waterlines

About this artwork

‘Waterlines’ is a work on paper comprising text printed over a painterly background. The background was made by dipping black paper into wet mud and hanging it upside down, leaving the muddy water to run down the paper in rivulets. Long describes this process which he has repeated many times over, “There’s a lot of chance, especially when the paper is dipped in muddy water. The point … is that I usually do a lot at the same time and they’re all different.” Long explores the silvery look of the mud on black paper, which contrasts with similar works made on a white backdrop. The accompanying text describes how Long poured water from his water bottle onto the ground to create a ‘waterline’ every day while walking along the Iberian peninsula, a process he describes as “water drawing”.

  • title:
    Waterlines
  • accession number:
    AL00205
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  • materials:
    Offset lithograph, framed
  • date created:
    1989
  • measurements:
    150.00 x 112.40 cm
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2010
  • copyright:
    © Richard Long. All Rights Reserved, DACS, London 2019.
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Richard Long

Richard Long