I Kept Coming Back shows the meeting point of performance, photography, and the document. This body of work explores aspects of duration and endurance of walking in the natural landscape. Hill walked every morning for a month to the same location on the coast to photograph the seascape horizon before sunrise. Hill’s work consists of 28 photographs, one from each day of walking and video documentation of the process that took place.
Before Sunrise, 2015
Before Sunrise is part of the series I Kept Coming Back, 2015. It is the video component of the walk, revealing the process that took place over the 28 day period. It is 1 of 28 videos recorded in this process.
walking walking walking, 2015
Walking, Walking, Walking is a video work of a walk along the coast of Australia. This project explores the gesture of walking as a way to experience the natural landscape and the way this can be documented. It comes from thinking about the artist going out and seeking something from the landscape. The looped aspect suggests a continual search to comprehend nature or what can arise from walking in this way.
Mindful Gesture, 2015
Seeking explores the sculptural capabilities of the photograph. Each image of the horizon, either revealing majority sea or sky, was obtained over various days and times contemplating the horizon and what it signifies. The images highlight the changes which occur and are representations of something unattainable and incomprehensible. Driven by research of 18th century accounts on the sublime in nature, Seeking attempts to create a contemplative spatial experience of photographic sculptural documents of the seascape horizon.
Seeking (installation view)
Seeking (Installation view)
Seeking (Installation view)
Rolled Landscapes, 2013
Rolled Landscapes explores the materiality of the photograph and its reproducibility. The individual National Geographic images were copied, that had been flattened and made 2D for the purpose of the publication, to then be created into 3D objects, which are then photographed, an interesting cycle of object to image is highlighted. These worldly images are now reinvigorated as sculptural forms and brought into focus, not merely flattened and placed along side countless other images.
Object and Image, 2013
Object and Image explores the image as the object. The project was shot underneath a home, where the National Geographic images were stored. Each image is placed in its own scenario, bringing the focus to the image as the object, documented for a new purpose other than the publication.
The project Cut was an investigation into the accessibility of imagery on the web. Each image is from google images, appropriated into various collages, all anchored around nature and natural landscapes. This process revealed a plethora of imagery across the internet, though is then re assembled as cohesive yet jarring collages, full of various focal points, distorted angles and limited human figures. The accessibility of photography minimises the wonder and the unknown of travelling to these sorts of distant landscapes. These collages attempt to recreate that sense of wonder and unpredictability of seeking such natural landscapes.