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Andy Goldsworthy
June 3, 2008, 11:28 am
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Andy Goldsworthy (1956 – present) is a British sculptor who documents his work through photography. He works with nature to create site-specific sculptures and allows these works to stay in their intended setting until they have returned to a natural state. Although Goldsworthy uses photography as a tool to document his work, he feels that “the photographs leave the reason and spirit of the work outside. They are not the purpose but the result of [his] art.” Although he lives in Scotland, Goldsworthy travels throughout the world, exploring the relationship that an individual setting has on his art. He does not use outside tools or objects during the process of creating his art, substituting found materials like thorns and rocks to complete the work. His work is also shaped by his experience within a certain landscape; he does not arrive at his destination with an idea of what he will make.


In his Snowballs in Summer series, Goldsworthy makes large snowballs in winter and preserves them until the summer. Inside of each snowball, he “hides” different materials such as chalk, old pine needles, and dogwood [pictured above]. For this project, Goldsworthy is interested in how different snow melts, the patterns the materials inside will melt into, and the relationship between a city and the imposed natural form.

Sand, Earth, Peat, Horse chestnut leaves


Goldsworthy is also interested in the creation of what he calls “holes.” The interruption of natural materials creates a black space the Goldsworthy regards as “the earth’s flame – its energy.” These works vary in size and medium, but each interruption of space is powerful.


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