Liz Poraj-Wilczynska is an artist and illustrator working in the Cotswolds region of western England. She trained as an archaeological illustrator, specialising in the painstaking precision of finds-illustrations and reconstruction-drawings for professional archaeology publications. Her mobile exhibition for the Crickley Hill Archaeological Trust received commendation for the Hepworth Heritage Award 1988.

Over recent years she has broadened the scope of her work, overlaying archaeology with photography, painting, sculpture, personal experience and social perspective. She investigates sense of place and presence, using insights to interact with the ghost landscape of the past and influence the creation of works in the present. Reconnecting with “the everyday, the forgotten and the discarded” allows each place to tell its own story, with touch, feel and smell as well as auditory and visual stimulus.

At present she is working on a year-long multi-media project at Belas Knap long-barrow in Gloucestershire, documenting the barrow and the land around it through the changing seasons. By spending time in the landscape, visiting at night as well as by day, the artist follows the conversation between land and barrow, translating the story of the everyday past into the present. The moment of first perception is the most important, she says: at what point in the landscape do we feel within the presence of place?