Andy Goldsworthy was born in
Goldsworthy’s sculptures are produced by natural materials such as; snow, ice, leaves, bark, rock, clay, stones, feathers, petals, twigs, thorns and any other sustainable site specific material that is available. (Cass sculpture foundation, 2012, para 3) Goldsworthy’s sculptures often contain spherical or rounded shapes. The colours used in his art are generally earthy greys, browns and greens with splashes of bright contrasting colours of red, orange, yellow and green.
Goldsworthy’s art reflects his appreciation for the environment in which he finds his inspiration. Goldsworthy states that things in the environment are not independent of their surroundings. He believes that even a rock tells a story of the journey it has been on and hence, he leaves it in the same area so it can continue on its journey. (Friedman & Goldsworthy, 1990, pg 6) As such, many of his sculptures are temporary and are designed to grow or deteriorate over time within the environment from which they came. Therefore, Goldsworthy documents his sculptures no matter how fleeting their existence may be by taking a photograph. Goldsworthy stresses that the photograph is not the purposeful art work in itself. When capturing the photograph of his sculptures Goldsworthy uses a standard camera using standard film, with a standard lens and he doesn’t use any filters. He admits that a lot of the energy of the sculpture is lost within a photograph, yet there is enough remaining to portray the ultimate meaning of each piece. (Friedman & Goldsworthy, 1990, pg 9) Goldsworthy often returns to the site of his sculptures for weeks after the completion to further document the changes that have taken place.
Binkly, S. (n/d) Interwined Through time: Andy Goldsworthy and his masterpieces. Retrieved on 25th March, 2012 from http://www.kon.org/urc/v9/interconnected-through-art/binkly.pdf
Cass sculpture foundation (2012) Andy Goldsworthy. Retrieved 31st March, 2012 from http://www.sculpture.org.uk/AndyGoldsworthy/biography
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