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One mans life work in nature - Andy Goldsworthy

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  • If you haven’t had the good fortune to come across Andy Goldsworthy’s work......then be prepared to be amazed.

    I first found out about Goldsworthy whilst I was studying textile design in Glasgow in 1991. He had already been creating his amazing art pieces for fourteen years, and my flatmate, a sculptor, was completely obsessed with his work. It wasn’t long before I was too. Twenty years on, with a vast catalogue of site specific sculptures to his name, he is still, without doubt, my top pick.

    Goldsworthy is a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist producing  sculptures and land art around the world. He works almost exclusively with the materials he finds in the outdoor environment. He is the grandmaster of wrapping, filling, shaping and balancing. Snow, ice, maple leaves, dandelion heads, twigs, pebbles -  wherever he is, Goldsworthy uses whatever happens to be  around him. Much of his work is ephemeral and he records his creations in colour photographs, many of which, with the accompanying text, form an integral part of his work.


    The artist’s intention is not to ‘make his mark’ on the landscape, but to work with it instinctively, so that his creations manifest a sympathetic contact with the natural world. He says, "Movement, change, light, growth and decay are the lifeblood of nature, the energies that I try to tap through my work. We often forget that we are nature. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature. We’ve lost our connection to ourselves."

    In 2000 he was awarded an OBE for his efforts (Order of the British Empire).

    I highly recommend the DVD ‘Rivers and Tides’ which charts several of his projects and is an intimate portrait of the artist at work.
    Images all the artists own, taken from Andy Goldworthy - Andy Goldworthy, published in 1990, and Andy Goldworthy – Passage, published in 2004.


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