Sep 27, 2011

PROFILE | Andy Goldsworthy

Bright sunny morning, rozen snow, cut slab, scraped snow away with a stick, just a short of breaking through 
When I first came along Andy Goldsworthy I was just beginning my study of fine arts.  His work fascinated me being that his medium was strictly from nature. It was not until this class that I came across him yet again.  Born in 1956 in Cheshire, England Andy Goldsworthy emerged to be an artist very involved with the cycle of seasons. His choice of medium are the objects found in nature depending on the time of year.  During a winter season snow can be produced, and sculptures such as Bright sunny morning, rozen snow, cut slab, scraped snow away with a stick, just a short of breaking through, are beautifully created.

The snow sculpture was set out in Izumi-Mura, Japan on December 19, 1987 for everyone to view. The audience is allowed the chance to watch the sculpture change before their eyes.  Andy Goldsworthy seems to want to bring the feel and awareness of energy into his pieces. In a short biography he mentions,  “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”. He has the knowledge that the piece will alter in a matter of days.   

These movements can be seen in the cycle of the seasons as they switch from one to another.  In order to capture the elegant sculptures Goldsworthy documents his works by photography.  “I use standard film, a standard lens and no filters. Each work grows, strays, decays—integral parts of a cycle which the photograph shows at its height, marking the moment when the work is most alive.”

 Hole in leaves sinking, held underneath to a woven briar ring, keeping it a float, 1987

I find Goldsworthy use of leaves truly beautiful. I personally was not aware of the wide verity of color among leaves.

  Andy Goldsworthy does in fact get viewers to become aware of our natural surroundings.  Through the work I can really appreciate what Goldsworthy is trying to say.  The amount of sculptures that are created by material that is just found in nature is extraordinary.  Andy Goldsworthy uses everything from snow and leaf to rocks and branches. 

It seems as if he does not want to let anything go to waste. He puts everything into good use.  Though his sculptures only last a few days they seem to be treated with very much care and thought.  Also many of his pieces seem to interact with other surroundings such as water.  The water creates the movement, which allows the piece to float. Andy Goldsworthy is about movement and energy, and I believe he does this very well. No matter what medium he seems to be using it serves its purpose of change within a cycle.  “When I work with a leaf, rock, stick, it is not just that material itself, it is an opening into the processes of life within and around it. When I leave it, these processes continue”.  Andy Goldworthy also speaks and better demonstrate his works in a film titled Rivers and Tides
- Brittany Rutledge

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