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Andy Goldsworthy, environmental sculptor
Andy Goldsworthy is a sculptor who works with naturally occurring materials in situ , with a deep reverence and sense of connectedness for both. His work is primary both in nature and form. Earth, air, fire and water are his essential elements and the whole of the earth his platform upon which to build.
The shapes he works from his raw materials are basic: spiral, circle, cone, arch, column, sphere, and undulating line. Often a form will encircle a naturally occurring object, such as a tree or boulder. Other times his forms seem to play with objects, hanging from them or leading to them.
In Goldsworthy's most recent book WOOD, Terry Friedman in his introduction writes about and quotes Goldsworthy, "The dialogue between stone and wood remains an abiding concern of the sculptor...
A stone is passive, a witness to the place in which it sits; it is a focus, the core, the remains of something that was larger; its movement is one of erosion...A tree is an active part of its place, it makes that place richer and is and indication of the way something can change a place - in this respect it is a lesson to me about my own life as a sculptor. A tree is close to the gesture of a leaf or stone throw, but over a much longer span of time, during which it thrusts up and reaches out into space before decaying and dropping back to the ground. The analogy here is between nature (tree) and man (the sculptor) : roots/feet, trunk/body, branches/arms and hands, leaves/the throw."
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