Sunday, 28 November 2010

Collection 100 Research: Andy Goldsworthy.

Andy Goldsworthy is an enviromental sculptor and photographer, credited for his application of sculpture and land in natural and urban settings, used to emphasise and highlight beauty points and character of the area- on both green and brownsites.

Growing up in rural Leeds (Harrogate), Goldsworthy was bought up surrounded by nature, working on farms and manual labour- which certainly helped him to develop his eye for environment and natural form, in his later years stating:

 "A lot of my work is like picking potatoes; you have to get into the rhythm of it".

Goldsworthy works in numerous mediums- not determined by personal taste and experience, but more about the locations in which he choses to work with, thus having a back-catalogue of material use including: icicles, leaves, mud, pinecones, twigs, and thorns.

Goldsworthy's bold, organic style reminds me of a local artist (local to my home in Shropshire, that is!), Ruth Gibson, whom manipulated enviromental materials to create sculptures, therefore, I have some pre-conceptions of this style of work, and a deal of admiration.

Whilst sculpture is a particular art form I would not really experiement with (for intimidation for the amount of patience and skill required, largely!), I think that what artists like Ruth Gibson and Goldsworthy set out to achieve is wonderful- creating a piece of art, for everyone, enhancing what is already around us, taking nothing away, and making what we already have even more memorable.

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