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Karen Gabbitas, Still from ‘Walk’

Still from ‘Walk’, Karen Gabbitas

In our fast-paced world, time is our most precious commodity. Fascinated by movement and ritual action, I am exploring what happens when we take the time to move slowly. Walking with groups of people from local communities in liminal places, my practice is open to the unpredictability of the elements and to the potential of chance encounters and coincidence to challenge perceptions.

Recent work has been influenced by the ethos of John Muir. Walking is a sustainable practice, but I am also interested in it as a form of mark-making. A line of walkers is like a living drawing as our footsteps trace pathways in the landscape.

The work is initially in the experience of the walk itself and its first audience the participants. Working with a professional cameraman, I have been developing editing skills so that, through an immersive film installation, the viewer can experience something of the essence of slow movement.

Karen Gabbitas graduated in Intermedia Art from Edinburgh College of Art in 2011. Her work encompasses performance, film, drawing and installation and is informed by her fascination with ritual and movement. Her work can be seen on her website at

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