The naturalist, Andy Goldsworthy is an artist from Britain who utilizes nature in all forms create art in nature. The art created by Andy is entirely temporary, but as it consists entirely of nature, it merely returns to its natural state. Andy consider,s his art to be more of a collaboration with nature.
Andy will venture into nature and work with whatever he should come upon. Rocks, twigs, leaves, etc. When he is done, Andy will photograph his work before abandoning it or as he sees it, returning it to it’s original form.
“Movement, change, light, growth, and decay are all 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 kye 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.” -Andy Goldsworthy
Andy Goldsworthy believes in peering below the surface of nearly everything he encounters in nature and in life. Specifically by introducing a hole or a “window into what lies below.” By working with only found objects or “found tools” such as a sharp rock or a quill of feathers, he is altering the processes of life around the object as well as inside of it. This life will continue long after his creation decays. The function of Andy’s work is to uncover the underlying tension, the underlying meaning in things.
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