The background of Andy Goldsworthy

“Andy Goldsworthy is an extraordinary, innovative British artist whose collaborations with nature produce uniquely personal and intense artworks. Using a seemingly endless range of natural materials—snow, ice, leaves, bark, rock, clay, stones, feathers petals, twigs—he creates outdoor sculpture that manifests, however fleeting, a sympathetic contact with the natural world. Before they disappear, or as they disappear, Goldsworthy, records his work in superb colour photographs.”(

On his work ,he use the materials from the nature ,like leaves ,ice ,wool ,rock and so on.It’s very different to use the material of traditional sculpture , so when we saw it , we were surprised by his work.It can be exhibit in the galllery ,because the space can’t show them and some work just be create for a while , then it will disappear. For instance , the Ice Spira just can be showed in the winter and last for some time. It is very differnert from the be made in the landscape and in the gallery , because in the landscape don’t restrict the place and the size of the artwork ,but in the gallery just exhibit some smaller artwork.  However,there are also some disadvantage about the artwork in the landscape , it will easy be destroyed.

Besides, it is also very difficult to make the sculpture contribution and to maintain it . For example , like the leaves artwork ,at the beginning he needed to find the different colour leaves and got together to put them on the grass . Due to he do his work outside and the extraneous factor will affect it a lot. Like the weather , in winter when the temperature was very low and the ice can be frozen, then he can start to do some work which is using ice. He use some pieces of ice and the water to stick different piece together. But,when sun rises and the temperature goes up , the work will melt and all the efforts were in vain,sometimes even the breeze will affect his work. We can imagine how hard he did this work , so he might spent a range of time to make it and after finish it ,he needed to take photo very quickly to record his work .


Rowan Leaves & Hole


Ice Spira

“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.” said Andy Goldsworthy. 

From this paragraph , it give me me a diffferent understanding of the meaning ,which the art is not only can be created in the gallery but also can be showd in the natural world. Besides, we not only can use the ceramics and the wool to do a sculpture, but also can use some natural things to make it.  art 140.jpgAndy-Goldsworthy-Rivers-and-Tides.jpg