Watch out, here comes the zen master of environmental art! Andy Goldsworthys’ process & work possess a real deep and sentient understanding on the subtleties of nature- or rather, the nature of Nature. The environment is his medium, which he handles with an intimate, patient, considerate, hands-on approach. His principles of taking ones time, keen observation and listening to natures’ murmurs, all lend his work a unique type of elegance and beauty which, while unnatural, are anything but.
He has been quoted 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.” The tools he uses on his ephemeral works are the ones’ he was born with, or at times objects found on site. He has been noted as being the founder of modern day rock balancing, an immensely difficult art to perform.
Due to his arts ability to fade into time, photography has become an essential role in his work; capturing the stunning nature of his pieces before they fade away. On the roll of photography with in his art, Goldworthy has this to say, “Each work grows, stays, decays – integral parts of a cycle which the photograph shows at its heights, marking the moment when the work is most alive. There is an intensity about a work at its peak that I hope is expressed in the image. Process and decay are implicit.”
His artistic style roots itself into his childhood; growing up on the Harrogate side of Leeds, in a house edging the green belt, (a ring of protected forest land neighboring urban areas) Andy found himself working on farms and has been said to relate the rhythmic qualities of farm tasks to the routine qualities of making a sculpture, “A lot of my work is like picking potatoes; you have to get into the rhythm of it.” He eventually went to receive his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, Lancashire. If your interested in seeing more, click on the link here!