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20. January, 2010 / Idun

The inspiration Andy Goldsworthy

I always get this “wow” feeling when I look at the work of Andy Goldsworthy. Such precision and dedication! When I first started working with changes and seasonal changes, I turned to Goldsworthy straight away. Read more about Andy Goldsworthy on wikipedia. He works with natural materials. Materials used in his works include leaves, flower petals, icicles, various kinds of stones, branches, twigs… the list goes on. His work is site specific, situated in both natural and urban settings.

What I enjoy about his work is the use of natural materials, and the system and repetition, as I myself enjoy working with. I admire the way he arranges seemingly chaotic elements into order and system. I enjoy the repetition in the stones and petals placed together to form beautiful shapes. There is also a sense of bravery about working with materials which cannot be edited, and which will wither away. He has been quoted as saying, “I think it’s incredibly brave to be working with flowers and leaves and petals. But I have to: I can’t edit the materials I work with. My remit is to work with nature as a whole.” (The Daily Telegraph, 2007)

Enjoy the images. I certainly do.

“I find some of my new works disturbing, just as I find nature as a whole disturbing. The landscape is often perceived as pastoral, pretty, beautiful – something to be enjoyed as a backdrop to your weekend before going back to the nitty-gritty of urban life. But anybody who works the land knows it’s not like that. Nature can be harsh – difficult and brutal, as well as beautiful. You couldn’t walk five minutes from here without coming across something that is dead or decaying.” (Andy Goldsworthy, The Daily Telegraph, 2007)

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