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Louise Brady – The Art of Andy Goldsworthy

I thought I would use this blog entry to post some information about the artist Andy Goldsworthy – who, I feel, is exploring the same issues through visual art, as those of ecocriticm.

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 Midsummer Snowballs, London, 2000.

He uses no man-made materials in the production of his work – his work exists temporally and is site specific, produced in both natural and urban settings.

He came to mind while I was reading Fearghal’s research and his discussion on nature being understood spatially and the feelings that it is somehow separate from us.

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 Hanging Hole, Holbeck, Leeds, 1986.

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Ice Sphere, Scaur Water, Penpont, Dumfriesshire, 1987.

Goldsworthy’s work is very important in this regard – he has huge respect for the natural environment and he holds a philosophy within his own work that is reflective of the ideas in literature that I was presented with for this project.

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‘Japanese maple leaves stitched together to make a floating chain,  Ouchiyama-Mura, Japan.’, 1987.

We often forget that WE ARE NATURE. Nature is not something separate from us. So when we say that we have lost our connection to nature, we’ve lost our connection to ourselves.”
― Andy Goldsworthy.

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 Rain Shadow, St. Abbs, Scotland, 1984.

I think his work, particularly those situated in urban settings, provokes a realisation of a disconnect with the natural and a reawakening of its power and beauty.

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