An environmentalist producing site-specific sculpture and land art is what defines Andy Goldsworthy. He is a British sculptor who lives and works in Scotland and uses materials provided by nature to create fantastic pieces of art. Goldsworthy art is described as innovative and extraordinary. His pieces of work are uniquely personal and intense and considered ephemeral and transient.
It Takes Bravery To Work With Nature
Andy Goldsworthy includes a lot of leaves, mud, pinecones, snow, icicles, colored flower petals, twigs, thorns, and stone. He was heard saying “I think it’s incredibly brave to be working with flowers, leaves, and petals.” Goldsworthy says he cannot edit the materials he creates art from as he works with nature as a whole. He takes opportunities he finds with each day; if it is snowing, he works with snow, during the Fall season he will work with leaves. The freedom of using his hands to look and touch materials, where they are found, are what inspire some of his works. The places Goldsworthy finds his natural materials are just as important to him as the pieces. The objects of nature are not independent of their surroundings, in his view, and it all becomes a part of the message in his completed work.
Rock balancing, or stone stacking as some call it, is the balancing of stones one on top of another in different positions. There are no supports allowed in this art, nor can one use wires, adhesives, or rings. The balancing must only involve the stone or rocks themselves. Goldsworthy has been considered the founder of this modern day art. He uses only his bare hands, teeth, and what he refers to as ‘found tools’ to create his arrangements. Goldsworthy considers ‘found tools’ to be what nature provides him- sharp stones, a quill from a feather, or thorns. He has created some which are permanent sculptures, and for these, he used machine tools. The permanent sculptures include the “Roof,” “Stone River,” “Three Cairns,” and few others which permanently stay on display and have to withstand nature and time.
Photographing Andy Goldsworthy’s art is crucial as it lasts a short period. He shoots his work through the different natural process that occurs. He catches each piece as it grows, stays, and then begins to decay. These processes are integral parts of a cycle for him as it shows heights and captures the image of the object when his art is most alive. His hope is to capture on film the intensity of his work while it is at its peak form. Goldsworthy’s opinion is that process and decay are perfect. He uses superb color photography catching his work as it disappears. He uses the photos to see and understand nature as he directly participates as close to it as he can.
Goldsworthy Meaning Of His Art
Some people have referred to Goldsworthy’s art as criticism on Earth’s fragile existence. Goldsworthy; however, says his work is much more complicated than that. His art may disappear from the location it was created, but while it existed, it became a part of that place’s history. When he began creating art from natural materials, it was about the decay and collapse of the work. He now sees some of the work as far too beautiful to be described by the word ‘decay.’ Nature is always changing through light, growth, decay and movement and these are the energies he tries to tap into with his work. Each piece of Goldsworthy’s art is intended to be a sensitive creation alerting us to changes in the materials due to weather and seasons. In his belief, Goldsworthy states the key to understanding Nature is to realize its changes. In his work, he is helping us understand that concept.