Andy Goldsworthy was born in Cheshire, Scotland, in the year 1956. He is a British sculptor and photographer living in Scotland with his wife and children. Goldsworthy has traveled and created works of art out NATURAL materials.
Through the art practice analysis there are 6 main keys.
nature of practice
workspace / environment
Andy Goldsworthy uses non-traditional materials that are found in nature or created from natural materials.
His works are not displayed in a gallery space, but in the outside world. The ambiguous nature of Goldsworthy’s pieces, such as “Iris Blades, rowan leaves,'snow circles' and 'knotweed stalks " result in the challenging conceptual works.
The materials used in Andy Goldsworthy's art often include bright coloured flowers, icicles, leaves, mud, pine cones, snow, stone, twigs, and thorns. He has been quoted as saying, "I think it's incredibly brave to be working with flowers and leaves and petals. But I have to: I can't edit the materials I work with. My remit is to work with nature as a whole." Goldsworthy is generally considered the founder of modern rock balancing .
For Goldsworthy he often uses only his bare hands, teeth, and found tools to prepare and arrange the materials. As an environmental sculptor, Goldsworthy’s artwork involves the use of natural, found objects. Both permanent and temporary sculptures, Goldsworthy also explores other natural materials such as sand, grass, and clay.
Iris blades is a perfect example of
the beauty in the materials Andy
Iris blades is pinned together
with thorns and filled in five
sections with rowan berries.
These materials are found from
the natural environment itself
and considers many photographs
he compresses filled with rich
Goldsworthy firstly starts by exploring
the natural areas around him and observes the nature around him. Since most of Goldsworthy’s work is created in the natural environment some of the projects are temporary, Goldsworthy photographs all his projects. Photographed documents include the location and the date of the artworks. He may then create a sketch after the work is completed. In some cases, Goldsworthy has filmed his projects, especially to see the affects of nature over time on the artwork. He photographs each project to show that each work grows, stays, decays the photograph shows this at its height, marking the moment when the work is most alive.
Goldsworthy's actions are based on the natural and found materials. Also the subject matter is depending on the seasons and the weather of the location. Goldsworthy highly relies on nature to help and guide him to create art. Before they disappear, or as they disappear, Goldsworthy, records his work in suburb colour photographs.
Rowan leaves laid around the
hole. Goldworthy was
collecting the last few leaves
nearly finished although a
dog ran into the hole and
started again ,made in the
Goldsworthy deliberately explores the tension of working in the area where he finds his material.
He explores the changes in the weather which may melt a spectacular ice arch or wash away the structure of grasses. The intention is not to "make his mark” on the landscape, but rather to work with it. Nature is the greatest art piece. Goldsworthy’s artwork clearly supports the idea of the relationship of human survival with nature. From Goldsworthy using natural and found objects to create artwork, this then shows that human beings are capable of controlling...