Monday, January 7, 2008

Land Art - Andy Goldsworthy

Nature is art itself.
But, looking at this sculptures and creations, it seems like sometimes some additional work can make perfection in nature.

Andy Goldsworthy was born in Chesire, England and currently resides in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. He studied at Bradford School of Art and Preston Polytechnic and has been producing work since the mid 1970s. Goldsworthy works directly with nature, using a variety of materials including leaves, twigs, flower petals, pinecones, sand, snow and stone. Much of his work addresses issues of growth and decay, seasonal cycles; and the idea that an artwork too has a natural life that eventually must end. Goldsworthy finds a richness of understanding in revisiting certain forms such as mounds, holes, arches, spirals, and lines each revealing a different facet of its constructive material.

Some of his creations are permanent installations in stone, but most are ephemeral structures of ice, leaves, water, sticks or the crackles in drying mud. For these, his photographs become the final creative product and only remaining evidence of the work.

Maybe this is the way to bond man and nature again.

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