Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy is a brilliant British artist who collaborates with nature to make his creations. Goldsworthy regards his creations as transient, or ephemeral. He photographs each piece once right after he makes it. His goal is to understand nature by directly participating in nature as intimately as he can. He generally works with whatever comes to hand: twigs, leaves, stones, snow and ice, reeds and thorns.

I have admired Goldsworthy’s work for many years, his use of nature as a medium is a stunning engagement with his surroundings.

Andy Goldsworthy, Woven branch arch, Langholm, Dumfriesshire, April 1986:

Andy Goldsworthy, Woven branch arch, Langholm, Dumfriesshire, April 1986

Andy Goldsworthy - 1986  Woven branch circular arch:

Andy Goldsworthy – 1986 Woven branch circular arch

Image result for andy goldsworthy

“Movement, change, light, growth and decay are the lifeblood of nature, the energies that I try to tap through my work. I need the shock of touch, the resistance of place, materials and weather, the earth as my source. Nature is in a state of change and that change is the key to understanding. I want my art to be sensitive and alert to changes in material, season and weather. Each work grows, stays, decays. Process and decay are implicit. Transience in my work reflects what I find in nature.”

“The underlying tension of a lot of my art is to try and look through the surface appearance of things. Inevitably, one way of getting beneath the surface is to introduce a hole, a window into what lies below.”

This particular quote really drew me in. I like the idea of my work having some surprise element that would not have been expected. Hence why id like to soak the twigs in chemicals before constructing it so that when its lit it will burn in multi colours.  I wish to create a spectacle that my audience will be bewildered by and in awe of.

His work addresses the ever changing fluctuation of nature. I especially enjoy his arch ways and circular sculptures. for my project i wish to capture a magical/spiritual element to my piece. The circle has many underlying meanings relating to ones self, life, death, and spiritual journeys.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: