The documentary about Andy Goldsworhy’s work really spoke to me on many levels. The way that he interacts with nature is inspiring, especially with how he connects with a space or place and then finds ways to create art based on that area.
Goldsworthy’s approach is about inspecting the environment and seeing what fits with that demographic, and how different pieces of the environment can act together to create something organic and new within his given circumstances.
It’s interesting to me how much time has to do with a lot of his pieces. In the documentary we witnessed as he fought the tide to create his rock formed cone like piece (which reminds me of a trail marker). He did not have as much time as he wanted, especially since the stone was so finicky to work with. So the concept of time is highly involved with the piece, especially since he has to capture what it is before it disappears into the sea.
Time seems to be a largely reoccurring theme because it does not apply in just this one instance. When he was working with the red stone and giving it back to the river it very much is about capturing a moment in time and seeing how that applies to the environment, and is about giving back to the environment and finding something that you perhaps didn’t realize was apart of that specific place.
Time also comes largely into play as he is working to make the salmon nest in the crook of that river. Once again he is working against the tide, and how the tide takes apart the piece of work is just as much a part of the piece as the actual building and creation of it is.
In a way Andy Goldworthy can be considered a performance artist, this mostly has to do with how he creates his works, and because it comes in different stages. To really understand how his work functions and how he interacts and connects with the environment is all dependent on watching him do that connecting. His interactions shape what he is going to do and the work that he accomplishes. To gain a full understanding of his work we have to look at how he developed it, and at the inspiration he took to create it.