Case Study, Any Goldsworthy

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Andy Goldsworthy
Born in 1956 in Cheshire. Goldswothy’s father worked as a mathematics professor at the University of Leeds, it was in Leeds that he held a job as a farmer and it was then that he noticed the landscapes and picked up his passion for art. It was in his teen years that his fascination for the earth and it’s riches spurred. In 1974, Goldsworthy entered Bradford College of Art, and continued his studies in art at Preston Polytechnic. In his three years there he worked in the indoor studio but he longed to be outside. A turning point came to him when he attended a presentation by Richard Long, who influenced him greatly on starting ‘land art’. The images of Long's work inspired Goldsworthy to head to the coastline of Morecambe Bay in Lancashire, where he created his first work of natural art using the stones along the shore. When he left school in 1978 he continued to make his sculptures which were impermanent by nature, seen by few and mostly ignored by the art community. In 1985 Goldsworthy gained a measure of renown after finishing a project in the North Pole titled ‘Touching North’, which was four immense snow arches. He built a similar and more permanent set of arches near his home in 1994 which he titled ‘Heard of Arches’. Goldsworthy rarely accepts commissions, but did one for the addition to the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City in 2003. Because much of Goldsworthy's work is impermanent, he take stunning color photographs of projects available to collectors and connoisseurs. He views his works as a mission to remind humankind of its far more impermanent nature, in comparison to the shifting landscape.

Artist Practice
Andy Goldsworthy is an extraordinary, innovative British artist whose collaborations with nature produce uniquely personal and intense artworks. Using a seemingly endless range of natural materials—snow, ice, leaves, bark, rock, clay, stones, feathers petals, twigs—he creates outdoor sculpture that manifests, however...
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