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Andy Goldsworthy
1956 -

 Andy Goldsworthy is a brilliant British artist who collaborates with nature to make his creations. Besides England and Scotland, his work has been created at the North Pole, in Japan, the Australian Outback, in the U.S. and many others

Goldsworthy regards his creations as transient, or ephemeral. He photographs each piece once right after he makes it. His goal is to understand nature by directly participating in nature as intimately as he can. He generally works with whatever comes to hand: twigs, leaves, stones, snow and ice, reeds and thorns. 
See In His Own Words below photos

cherry leaves

Autumn Cherry Leaves

iris & rowan

Iris Leaves with Rowan Berries


Icicle Star, joined with saliva


oak leaves & holes

Oak Leaves and Holes
Rowan Leaves & Hole
pigeon feathers
Pigeon Feathers
Pebbles Broken & Scraped
Dandelions & Hole
poppy wrap
Ice Spiral: Treesoul
Boulder Wrapped in Poppy Petals
Snow Circles

Gallery 2
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gold leaf ring trunk

yellow leaf stick falls

black stone, white fog
river rock finished with gold leaf

green circle

russet circle

Incredible serpentine tree roots

In His Own Words

"I enjoy the freedom of just using my hands and "found" tools--a sharp stone, the quill of a feather, thorns. I take the opportunities each day offers: if it is snowing, I work with snow, at leaf-fall it will be with leaves; a blown-over tree becomes a source of twigs and branches. I stop at a place or pick up a material because I feel that there is something to be discovered. Here is where I can learn. " 

"Looking, touching, material, place and form are all inseparable from the resulting work. It is difficult to say where one stops and another begins. The energy and space around a material are as important as the energy and space within. The weather--rain, sun, snow, hail, mist, calm--is that external space made visible. When I touch a rock, I am touching and working the space around it. It is not independent of its surroundings, and the way it sits tells how it came to be there." Image credit Daryl Bush

"I want to get under the surface. When I work with a leaf, rock, stick, it is not just that material in itself, it is an opening into the processes of life within and around it. When I leave it, these processes continue."  

"Movement, change, light, growth and decay are the lifeblood of nature, the energies that I I try to tap through my work. I need the shock of touch, the resistance of place, materials and weather, the earth as my source. Nature is in a state of change and that change is the key to understanding. I want my art to be sensitive and alert to changes in material, season and weather. Each work grows, stays, decays. Process and decay are implicit. Transience in my work reflects what I find in nature."

"The underlying tension of a lot of my art is to try and look through the surface appearance of things. Inevitably, one way of getting beneath the surface is to introduce a hole, a window into what lies below."

Note 1: Books by Andy Goldsworthy include A Collaboration with Nature; Stone;Wood; Passages, and others. A DVD, Rivers and Tides, is also available.

Note: Photos on this page are Copyright © Andy Goldsworthy and may not be used elsewhere without permission from the artist.

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